Ireland. Yet again, abortion is on the agenda. Another referendum? Or a preferendum? The article is in Village magazine, Oct. 2014: http://www.villagemagazine.ie/index.php/page/2/
See also 2014-13, for a Village article on China.
A Dec. 2014 article on China is in Village magazine, [see above].
With lectures from 2013 shown in bold, the 2014 China lecture tour included:
13th Oct Lánzhōu North-West Normal University (see photo)
6th Nov Táiběi, National Taiwan University
3rd Dec Nánjīng University
9th Dec Xúzhōu University again (see 'Practical Examples')
29th Dec Zūnyì University
(See also 2014-11 and 2013-13/11/9.)
And the winner was... devo-max. It wasn't on the ballot paper; it got just a handfull of spoilt votes; but it won! The director's observation report to the Electoral Commission is attached. In its post-referendum report, the EC ignored our observations, so we published a further comment on 21.12.2014.
The deBorda report of the 6-option survey we commissioned is here, while the joint deBorda/TNS report is here. In addition, this comment was published in The Guardian on 10.9.2014, and two days later, an edited version of this letter - they removed the 'ads' - was in The Irish Times.
(See also 2014-12, 2013-15, 2012-13/10/1 and 2011-1.)
Just published and available free online
A Democratic China?
Many are the criticisms of those who feel that the one-party state in China is inadequate, and many are the calls, especially from abroad, for reform. But would a democratic China ― as per a western interpretation — be an improvement? In tackling this question, this paper concentrates on voting procedures: those used in elections and those (which may or may not be the same) used in decision-making. This article first looks at the USSR, Eastern and Central Europe, and then briefly at Africa. Next, it considers what could go wrong if a standard, western, multi-party democracy was to be adopted in China. And finally, it offers a more inclusive polity.