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Donald Trump, climate denial and other obstacles to 'science diplomacy'


The most urgent challenges facing the planet will be solved only if governments recognise that knowledge must come before self-interest in policymaking.

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Is there a place for corruption?


The department of politics at the University of Otago turns 50 in 2017. This is the first of a monthly series of celebratory reflections in the Otago Daily Times on politics during the past 50 years. This month Philip Nel asks, can corruption be beneficial?

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Introducing Dr Eduardo Abou Ltaif

Monday, 13 February 2017 8:26am

The Department of Politics congratulates Eduardo Abou Ltaif, who recently completed his PhD.

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Politics students selected to join US Leadership Tour

Monday, 30 January 2017 9:05am

In just a few days, two BA (Politics) students, Meghan Stewart-Ward and Sophie Ross, will be winging their way to the USA, as part of the UN Youth US Leadership Tour.

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Politics student turns DCC internship into summer job

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 8:22am

An email advertising a Humanities internship programme may have been overlooked by many students, but for Will Cosgriff, it was the start of a whole new academic adventure.

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Politics Roundtable 10 Feb: Brexit, Trump and the Rise of Post-Truth Populism

Monday, 16 January 2017 9:51am

In the last three decades, globalization has made the world seem like a smaller and more interconnected place. While the number of problems requiring international solutions has grown, this trend has also generated a sense of disorientation and powerlessness amongst many citizens. Politicians like Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen have won considerable support in this context by pledging ‘take back national control’. This Roundtable seeks to analyse and explain this development, and probe whether post-truth populism is likely to spread and endure.

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NZ$25,000 MIntSt AUOA Scholarship applications now open

Friday, 13 January 2017 2:48pm

The Department of Politics is pleased to announce that the Alumni of the University of Otago in America have granted a NZ$25,000 scholarship for a US student of the Master of International Studies.

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Open Lecture 9 Feb: Britain and Europe in a Post-Brexit World

Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:30am

Sir Michael Leigh is a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF). He focuses on European Neighborhood Policy, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East as well as the future of the EU. He runs a program at GMF on the implications of the gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Confessions of an academic over achiever

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:15am

The ODT speaks to Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn, of Otago's Politics and Psychology Departments.

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Associate Professor Janine Hayward appointed full professor

Friday, 16 December 2016 10:24am

Early next year Associate Professor Janine Hayward, Head of the Department of Politics, will join the ranks of an exclusive group of academics with her promotion to full professor.