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More women, less corruption? | Avaaz

More women, less corruption? | Avaaz | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Do a greater number of women in leadership roles reduce corruption?

 

Are women leaders less corrupt than their male counterparts? That's a tricky one. The answer, it seems, is something like yes and no.


It's a loaded question, but it's also a terribly important one. Let's start with a well-known 1999 World Bank study that found that corruption decreased 10% for every standard deviation point increase in women in public office above 10.9 percent.

 

That seems like pretty straightforward evidence, but things may not be that simple. Countries with more women in positions of power do tend to be less corrupt than their less egalitarian neighbours. But that trend may have more to do with transparent and accountable systems of governance rather than gender.


Reuters cites a new study entitled Fairer Sex or Purity Myth?:
The report found that in autocratic regimes with strong male hierarchies, more women in power had little measurable impact on corruption, but that in more open, democratic political systems the change was noticeable.'

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Bishop’s Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker Deal Is Illegal | newmatilda.com

Bishop’s Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker Deal Is Illegal | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Julie Bishop wants to lock Sri Lankan asylum seekers out of the Australian legal system.

 

'[But] with the odds tipping that they won’t be in Opposition for too much longer, the Coalition’s wilful disregard for international law and human rights with this rash proposal is disturbing.'

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Whitlam dismissal a decision of the highest order - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Whitlam dismissal a decision of the highest order - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
A newly released biography of Gough Whitlam suggests it was the Queen who gave Sir John Kerr the confidence to sack the prime minister.

 

'[Sydney University Professor of Constitutional Law] Anne Twomey says no monarch has refused royal assent to a British bill since 1708. But the Queen is able to exercise not just influence but power without apparently saying a direct word and certainly without leaving a trail.

 

[former Australian Governor General] Kerr's notes, as quoted by Jenny Hocking, show the monarch along with the highest members of the Australian judiciary were, in the then governor-general's view, offering solid support at a time when he was deciding whether to take action, in sacking the PM, which would see him in serious need of that assistance.'

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If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Charges against me were only dropped after Bob Carr intervened. It is sad the same support hasn't been extended to Julian Assange.

 

'When Carr really wanted a result, he took action himself rather than leaving it to consular staff, who toil admirably but lack the clout to get a result, even in a relatively minor case like mine.

 

If he really wants a result in the Assange case, he will do the same. It is unlikely he has the courage. The forces at play in Julian Assange's case are far greater than those which were at play in mine.'

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You Heard We’re Stopping The Boats? You Heard Wrong.

You Heard We’re Stopping The Boats? You Heard Wrong. | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Despite huge efforts to deter and block boat journeys, Australian immigration policies in fact encourage asylum seekers to come by boat.  ...

 

'Myth: Asylum seekers who come by boat are illegal, those who come by plane are legal.

 

Myth: It’s cheaper to come by boat.

 

Myth: Our policies are designed to “Stop the Boats”.

 

Truth: Despite all Australia does to the block refugees coming by boat, government policies in fact encourage people to make the risky boat journey.

 

Mike Steketee explains it in this detailed report.

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AND THE BEST PRESIDENT WAS... | More Intelligent Life

AND THE BEST PRESIDENT WAS... | More Intelligent Life | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
~ Posted by Georgia Grimond, December 4th 2012 At the polls in November, voters in America’s presidential election had a choice of two (serious) candidates. In our last Big Question, our panel had a choice of 43.

 

'We asked six writers to choose the best American president of all, and four went for the men from Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The other two wanted to chisel out portraits of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.

 

..............So what does it take to be remembered? Lincoln and FDR were decisive in war and, with the New Deal and the end of slavery, pioneering in peace. Many readers nominated Ronald Reagan, singled out as "a true leader" who "changed the world we live in”. But there is more to it than stamping your authority. The two George Bushes collected only a handful of votes between them.'

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Coalition under fire for Sri Lanka asylum seeker plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coalition under fire for Sri Lanka asylum seeker plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The Government and refugee advocates have lashed out at the Opposition's plan to deport all Sri Lankan asylum seekers, saying it breaches human rights.

 

She said what???????

 

'Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says many Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants, not refugees, and the civil war in the country is over.

 

..................Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says Australia has a duty to consider asylum claims under the United Nations Refugee Convention.

 

"Now what I think you hear is the sound of goalposts moving," he said.

 

"They're becoming more shrill and more ridiculous.

 

"This is an extraordinary call from the Opposition and what they're effectively doing here is calling for us to remove ourselves from the Refugee Convention.

 

Leaders from denominations including the Salvation Army and Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches say they are concerned about the Government's new legislation to allow offshore processing.'

 

 

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Asylum seeker plan: spending so much, achieving so little - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Asylum seeker plan: spending so much, achieving so little - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Sending asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island is an expensive undertaking that will achieve nothing but a transient political advantage for the Government.

 

'The rest of the world was not impressed by Australia's attempts to palm off boat people who had arrived here seeking protection. Given our size and wealth, the number of refugees we get is manageable. People assessed as refugees on Nauru or Manus will have to be resettled somewhere: they can't be sent back to the country they are fleeing.

 

Perhaps we will end up doing what we did last time: bringing them to Australia.

 

I would welcome that outcome, but in the meantime we will have spent fantastic sums of money to achieve absolutely nothing except a transient political advantage for the Government.

 

If this exercise runs for three years, it will cost Australia billions of dollars.'

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Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative Democracy | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

 

'Most people are not well informed about public policy. They are rationally ignorant: their vote is only one among millions, so why should they care? What we want to show is that these people don’t lack the competence to make informed decisions. If we give them the right information, in an institutional design where they become seriously engaged in competing arguments, they will make informed and thoughtful judgments. One thing we don’t seek is consensus. Consensus usually distorts judgments because of the social pressure that is involved. We want to avoid those forms of pressure, or the top-down approach of a telephone poll. It turns out that when people think about the issues, they are very thoughtful.'

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