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Crime and Punishment Show

In which the nerds talk about the prospect of Senator Cory Bernardi’s, new conservative splinter party, examine crime, justice and the media in Australia, and look at research research examining the strategic decision making of Hamas in Palestine.


  • Dr Stewart Jackson, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Amanda Elliott, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney


  • Dr Alyce McGovern, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
  • Dr. Martin Kear, Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations

With post-show chatter!

Podcast Special: Interview with Aaron Martin

A full length interview with Dr Aaron Martin, University of Melbourne , recorded at the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association conference at UNSW Australia.

The subject of the interview was his paper, titled “Understanding political trust: evidence from survey experiments”, written with Nick Faulkner (Monash), Raymond Orr (University of Melbourne) and Kyle Peyton (Yale University).

The abstract for the paper is:

    For decades social scientists have debated the connection between the quality of political institutions and political and social trust, a debate ignited in large part by Putnam¹s (1995a; 1995b) influential work on social capital. In this article, we present experimental evidence of a causal link between the perceptions citizens have of government officials¹ behavior, and the trust they have in government (political trust) and others in society (social trust ¬ a widely used proxy for social capital). The results suggest the behaviour of government officials plays a distinct role in shaping attitudes towards peers and the formation of social capital.

“It’s a spending problem!” show

In which the Nerds explore the performance, practical and rhetorical, of Malcolm Turnbull, discuss Australian welfare policy’s function and effectiveness, and a new book on Religious tolerance and repression in the United States.

With a podcast bonus of post-show chatter and a chance to win!



4S: “Sino Sea Showdown” Show

In which the nerds discuss Australian public attitudes to asylum seekers and refugees from 1970s to today, the South China Sea dispute and the involvement of Australia in this regional fulcrum of norms-based international rules and realpolitik, and the publication of a new volume on the Australian Greens.
With a show prize!