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About Barry Hindess

After working as a sociologist in Britain, Barry Hindess joined the Australian National University in 1987, later moving to ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences, where he learned to pass as a political scientist and developed his interests in post-colonialism and the legacies of liberalism and empire. He is now an Emeritus Professor in ANU’s School of Politics and International Relations. His publications include Discourses of Power: from Hobbes to Foucault, Governing Australia (with Mitchell Dean), Corruption and Democracy in Australia, Us and them: elites and anti-elitism in Australia (with Marian Sawer) and Governments, NGOs and Anti-Corruption: the new integrity warriors (with Luis de Sousa and Peter Larmour).

Articles by Barry Hindess

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

“You black bastard” Offensive, friendly banter, somewhere in between or both?

“There is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere” and certainly not in Britain or Australia.

Working class racism

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive “we”, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this “we” ?

Against (the concept of) populism

The longstanding western fear of the people is central to representative democracy as it is understood today.

Same the whole world over?

Reference to populism indicates little more than that mainstream politics is in trouble, thereby presenting tautology as explanation: mainstream politics is in trouble because mainstream politics is in trouble.

The Australian Senator for Beijing?

“Perhaps his mistake was to say something sensible about Australia's relations with China, not something we normally expect from our politicians.”

Bring them here

“We are generous to refugees on the one hand and we penalise undocumented refugees on the other. The two practices co-exist and one is often played off against the other.”

Far away view of Brexit

“To go to a referendum was curious… the UK has a regime of representative government that works to ensure that popular concerns have only limited impact on the conduct of government.”

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