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The Election Nerds

The Election Nerds is a regular podcast on Australian Politics recorded in the studios of radio 2Ser in Sydney, Australia. Established in 2013, the show is hosted by Doctors Amanda Elliot and Stewart Jackson, the Nerds discuss all things Australian and international politics with an array of political scientists and other experts from Australian universities. #auspol. www.electionnerds.info
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Jun 12, 2016

In which the nerds review week 5 of the 2016 Australian Federal Election.  With Guests:

  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, UNSW Australia
  • Dr Peter John Chen, University of Sydney

The Nerds discuss the Declaration of Candidates and the order of Senate ballot papers, pre-poll voting and the week's policy debates and non-debates.

In the podcast extra, the Nerds consider the question of party database systems, funding and funneling money, and the comparative power of parties to candidates.

Jun 5, 2016

In which the nerds review week 5 of the 2016 Australian Federal Election.  With Guests:

  • Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney Law School
  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Macquarie University

The nerds discuss election themes, concerns about violations of the electoral act, challenges to the Senate voting system reforms, and the means by which half-term Senators will be selected following the poll.

The post-show podcast extra content spends time talking about the comparative absence of minor parties, their wins and challenges in the campaign.

May 29, 2016

In which the nerds revisit the 2016 federal budget, examining aspects of the budget that were overlooked in the initial reporting, linking the budget with longer-term policy making and trends, identify gaps and structural defects in this most political of policy documents.

Hosts Dr Stewart Jackson and Dr Amanda Elliot are joined by:

  • Dr David Bond, Lecturer in Accounting from the UTS, and
  • Dr Elizabeth Hill, Lecturer in Political Economy from the University of Sydney
May 14, 2016

In which regular host, Dr Amanda Elliot is joined by guest hosts Associate Professor Anika Gauja and Daniel Skold to discuss the ins, outs, ups and downs of the 2016 Eurovision contest.

In the second annual Eurovision special, the hosts are joined by:

  • Dr Jess Carniel, School of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland.
  • Professor Alison Lewis, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media & Communications, University of Sydney

And discuss the Eurovision audience in Australia and abroad, Eurovision's push into Asia, what Eurovision tells us about European politics and society, controversies, and the research of newly minted Dr Swiatek's research on the production side of major events of this kind.

 

May 8, 2016

In which the Nerds, in an act of extreme political science insight, have organised their first election wrap up show for the very day the 2016 federal election is officially announced.  With guests:

... hosts Dr Amanda Elliot and Dr Stewart Jackson discuss the narratives shaping up the election contest, and key seats to watch given the shape of recent polling.

Apr 24, 2016

The Nerds's first show of the election season beings with Sophie Mirabella clearing the decks with her claim that $10 million wasn't spent in her former electorate, but then digs deep into:

  • The status of reproductive rights in Australia with Dr Helen Pringle from the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia,
  • US-Australian relations, and new research about the relationship between politics and the emotions with Dr Lloyd Cox

    , and

  • Federalism debates with Professor Anne Twomey of the University of Sydney's Law School
Mar 27, 2016

In which the Nerds explore the performance, practical and rhetorical, of Malcolm Turnbull, discuss Australian welfare policy’s function and effectiveness, and a new book on Religious tolerance and repression in the United States.

With a podcast bonus of post-show chatter and a chance to win!

Hosts:

Guests:

Mar 6, 2016

In this exclusive Election Nerds podcast extra, we talk about the new Innovation Agenda strongly promoted by the current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. In this interview, we explore the origins, meanings, implications and ambiguities of this agenda. We ask: is it really new? and the type of policy settings that underpin the concepts.

In conversation:

Feb 28, 2016

In which the nerds discuss Australian public attitudes to asylum seekers and refugees from 1970s to today, the South China Sea dispute and the involvement of Australia in this regional fulcrum of norms-based international rules and realpolitik, and the publication of a new volume on the Australian Greens.


With a show prize!


Hosts:

Guests:

Dec 12, 2015

In which the nerds discuss Muslim political participation in Australia following the announcement of a new political party, Australian Muslim Party, consider the changing nature of the welfare state in contemporary Australia, and discuss the role and impact of political sociology.

With a podcast bonus of post-show chatter!

Hosts:

Guests:

Oct 31, 2015

In which the nerds review the performance of the new Turnbull government, consider the landslide outcome of the 2015 Canadian election, and discuss political satire and comedy.

Hosts:

Guests:

Sep 26, 2015

In which the Nerds review the recent Canning by-election, ask themselves if Australia has entered a profound period of political instability, and talk about the prospects, problems and policies of the new Turbull-Coalition government. Hosts:

Guests:

Aug 9, 2015

In which the nerds struggle without regular host Dr Amanda Elliot to make sense of the recent appearance of Bill Shorten at the Unions Royal Commission, 2015 ALP Conference, and debate over the GST and Medicare Levy rise to fund state services.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Peter John Chen, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Guests:

Jun 20, 2015

In the shadow of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta the Nerds brave the Sydney winter chill to talk about three facets of the citizenship debate - same-sex marriage, stripping citizenship from terror suspects and asylum seeking - and the looming issue of local government reform in New South Wales, as informed by the new report Why Local Government Matters (http://www.acelg.org.au/news/local-government-does-matter).

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney

Guests:

May 23, 2015

The Nerds finally tackle one of the big issues in international relations: Eurovision


Hosts:

  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Live Tweeted by:

  • Ms Erika Nguyen

Guests:

  • Mr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chris Neff, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
  • Ms Cindy Chen, Former Honours student, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Mr Daniel Skold, ‘from Sweden’
  • Dr Mark Rolfe, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia

Note:

This podcast excludes three songs originally included the the broadcast version of the show.

May 16, 2015

In this podcast only special, nerds regular Dr Peter Chen talks to expatriates from across the United Kingdom who work in the Department of Government about the UK general election with perspectives from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales: 

  • Professor Colin Wight
  • Professor Allan McConnell
  • Dr Diarmuid Maguire
  • Dr Madeline Pill
May 16, 2015

The Nerds take apart the 2015 Commonwealth Budget, dollar by dollar, fudge by fudge.

Hosts:

  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Guests:

  • Dr Mark Rolfe - School of Social Sciences UNSW, Australia
  • Dr Damien Cahill, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Elisabeth Hill, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
Mar 28, 2015

The Nerds a joined by academics and experts from Universities across Sydney to report live on the 2015 NSW state election.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney

Live Tweeted by:

  • Erika Nguyen

Guests:

  • Dr Peter John Chen, Department of Government, Sydney University
  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
  • Associate Professor James Goodman, Social Inquiry Program, UTS
  • Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government, Sydney
  • Dr Robert Macneil, Department of Government, Sydney
  • Dr Gil Merom, Department of Government, Sydney
  • Dr Stephen Mills, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
  • Ben Raue, www.tallyroom.com.au
  • Dr Mark Rolfe - School of Social Sciences UNSW, Australia
  • Professor Colin Wight, Department of Government, University of Sydney
Feb 14, 2015

In the cold light of day, the Nerds get to grips on the leadership spill that wasn't by talking leadership, its meaning and representations of it, as well as the question of political instability in Australia today.

 

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney 
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney

 

Guests, in studio:

 

  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
  • Dr Stephen Mills, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Siobhain O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Social Policy, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
Feb 1, 2015

For the first show of the new year, the nerds call the 2015 Queensland State election.  In the process they discuss the background and implications of Queensland's electoral law reforms, unicameralism and its impact on Opposition, the role of the minor parties, early elections, unusual elevation to leadership, and much more.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney

Guest:

  • Ben Raue, media commentators and publisher ofwww.tallyroom.com.au
  • Dr Peter Chen, Department of Government, University of Sydney
Dec 20, 2014

The election nerds reflect on a big year in Australian politics.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, GIR, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Ellio, University of Sydney

Guests:

  • Dr Mark Rolfe, School of Social Sciences, UNSW
  • Dr Peter John Chen, GIR, University of Sydney
Nov 29, 2014

The nerds call the 2014 Victorian State election.

Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, GIR, University of Sydney
  • Dr Peter John Chen, GIR, University of Sydney

Guest:

  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Macquarie University
  • Ben Raue, http://www.tallyroom.com.au/
Oct 11, 2014

The nerds deliver a cornucopia of politics talk in this internationalised edition: reflecting on the political unrest in Hong Kong, and the failed independence vote in Scotland, before delving into the New Zealand election 2014.  The episode is rounded out with a review of recent Australian by-elections, a preview of the coming Victorian state election, and some talk about the state of the federal government.

Hosts:

  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Stewart Jackson, GIR, University of Sydney

 

Guests:

  • Dr Minglu Chen, GIR, University of Sydney (5-5:30 only)
  • Dr Peter John Chen, GIR, University of Sydney (tent)
Jul 26, 2014

Hosts:

  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Stewart Jackson, GIR, University of Sydney

Guests:

  • Dr Lloyd Cox, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
  • Dr Peter John Chen, GIR, University of Sydney
May 15, 2014

The nerds get all CSI on the first Abbott-Hockey budget.
Hosts:

  • Dr Stewart Jackson, GIR, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Ellio, University of Sydney

Guests:

  • Associate Professor Ariadne Vromen, Department of Government and International relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Ben Spies-Butcher, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University
  • Dr Peter Chen, Department of Government and International relations, University of Sydney
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