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/
Lectures undertaken or planned include:
13.10.2014 Lanzhou North-West Normal University
20/21.10.2014 Xuzhou Zhongguo Kuangye University
23.10.2014 Tianjin Nankai University (see 'Practical Examples' in right-hand menu)
6.11.2014 Taipei, National Taiwan University
3.12.2014 Nanjing University
9.12.2014 Xuzhou University again (see 'Practical Examples')
15/16/17/18/22/23.12.2014 Beijing International Studies University (8 lectures)
29.12.2014 Zunyi University
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.
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.