Mark Chou

Mark Chou

Mark Chou is an associate professor of politics at the Australian Catholic University. His latest book is Young People, Citizenship and Political Participation: Combating civic deficit (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Mark Chou reviews 'The Retreat of Western Liberalism' by Edward Luce and 'The Fate of the West: The battle to save the world’s most successful political idea' by Bill Emmott

November 2017, no. 396 25 October 2017
Mark Chou reviews 'The Retreat of Western Liberalism' by Edward Luce and 'The Fate of the West: The battle to save the world’s most successful political idea' by Bill Emmott
Anyone who has paid any attention to the words coming out of the mouths of populist figureheads like Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, and Geert Wilders will know this: populists traffic in nostalgia. For them, the best days are always our yesterdays – before the West was corrupted by the onslaught of progressive values, unchecked self-expression, secularisation, multiculturalism, globa ... (read more)

Mark Chou reviews ‘Democracy: Stories from the long road to freedom’ by Condoleezza Rice

August 2017, no. 393 23 July 2017
Mark Chou reviews ‘Democracy: Stories from the long road to freedom’ by Condoleezza Rice
What are the cornerstones of democracy? If you ask Condoleezza Rice who, as the sixty-sixth US secretary of state, was responsible for introducing democracy to autocratic states like Afghanistan and Iraq, her answer would go something like this: the right to speak one’s mind; freedom from arbitrary rule; leaders empowered by popular consent; equilibrium between the three branches of government a ... (read more)