Washington: Roundtable Discussion: “Political Reform In Australia and America: Reversing The Flow Of Ideas?”

The Ambassador of Australia HE The Hon Kim Beazley invites you to a roundtable discussion.


Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute
Benjamin Reilly, Australian National University
Robert Richie, Fair Vote

Australia borrowed liberally from the United States when it became a nation in 1901, adopting US institutions such as federal government, a high (supreme) court and a bicameral parliament. Today, however, this process seems reversed, with American reformers looking to Australia for new ways to make government work.

Should the United States adopt Australia’s model of preferential voting to encourage candidates to reach out to more voters? Would compulsory voting and independent redistricting commissions encourage less polarization in US politics?

This roundtable discussion brings together Australian and American political scientists to discuss these issues, including Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein whose new book, It’s Even Worse Than it Looks, recommends these and other reforms as cures for the ills plaguing US politics.

RSVP nalo@anu.edu.au
No parking at the Embassy
Space is limited Metro: red line
Photo ID required for entry
Light lunch provided

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Thomas Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. Between 1987 and 1999, he was Director of Governmental Studies at Brookings. Prior to that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association.

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call called “Congress Inside Out” and is an election eve analyst for CBS News. He served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election W and led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the McCain-Feingold law that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Benjamin Reilly is a Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, and a former Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions there. He has written and advised widely on issues of electoral reform and democratization. He is currently senior visiting professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC.

Robert Richie has been Executive Director of FairVote since 1992. His writings have appeared in the nation’s leading newspapers and in nine books. He has been a guest on various talk shows and has addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, National Association of Counties, National Association of Secretaries of State, Free Press, National Latino Congreso and National Conference of State Legislatures. He serves on the Haverford College Corporation.


Thu, July 12, 2012
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