John Keane

is professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and Forschungsprofessur at the WZB (Berlin). The New Despotism (Harvard University Press, May 2020) is his latest book.

Articles

Cover for: A sunburnt country

A sunburnt country

Australia 2020

Australia’s recent bushfires are the country’s ‘most serious environmental disaster since colonization’. John Keane considers this megadisaster the product of democracy failure, rather than natural forces, which raises questions about political culpability, economic impacts, deep environmental damage and cultural accountability.

Cover for: Democracy and the Great Pestilence

Sensationalism has focused on fistfights over toilet rolls, but the real story is the withdrawal of democratic oversight, and how little public resistance there is to the declaration of martial law. Power granted is power conceded; and power relinquished is power reclaimed with difficulty.