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Mark Chou


Mark Chou is an associate professor of politics at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He joined ACU in early 2013 from the University of Melbourne, where he had been a McKenzie Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Trained as a political scientist and lawyer, he received his bachelor's and law degrees from Australian National University and his Ph.D. in political science and international relations from the University of Queensland.

Chou has taught courses in international relations, democratic theory, and peace and conflict studies. His current research examines democratic failure, looking to ancient Athens, the Weimar Republic, the contemporary United States, China and Australia for insights. He is the author of three books on the subject, most recently "Democracy Against Itself: Sustaining an Unsustainable Idea," and is the co-founder and editor of the new journal Democratic Theory.

Should it be merely about promoting the individual’s self-interest or about something larger?
National elections are flashier, but voters are often far more knowledgeable about local issues. We need to get them more engaged.