Monday, 23 September 2013

German elections - see our recommended sites.

 German citizens went to the polls at the weekend
here are some recommended links for keeping up to date
The BBC has a good introductory guide for beginners to German elections, candidates and the electoral system.
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies has some basic introduction and discussion.

Official results can be obtained from the Federal returning office
The site also has  legislation and laws relating to the elections.

News services.
Yahoo Germany has up to date news stories and analysis
Tagesschau - news service produced on behalf of on behalf of the German public-service television network ARD.
BR news. Bayerischer Rundfunk [Bavarian Broadcasting]
Speigel Coverage 
Die Welt coverage

Financial Times 
The Economist blog encourages you to build your own coalition.
Wall Street journal has an interactive stream with updates.

Robert Schuman European Elections Monitor
German Federal Agency for Civic Education - the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung has a good site with information and news.  It includes a wahl o mat - an example of an interactive tool designed to inform the electorate who to decide who to vote for
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V. wahl analysis
Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg

ZDF politbarometer polls
ARD polls

Further links
Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Politische Bildung has developed an information website which also hasa great set of links to explore.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Australia elections how is social media being used?

How is twitter being used in the Australian elections? a good starting point is the University of Melbourne website which has a tour of the twitter sphere

The Canberra Times also has a social media ratings section where it compares followers for Abbott and Rudd on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The Yahoo and News 7 site is also mapping facebook mentions
Brand watch has an interesting report on social media and elections in Australia
Also informative is this recent report.
.Brisbane:ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation 
 The Australian Electoral Commission also has some research on social media and political participation. see this example.
Find further examples by following the links on Australian Policy online which is good at reporting recent research from Australian universities and major research centres.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Australian elections follow the polls

These recommended sources are useful for getting up to date polls
Many newspapers and news services have good poll sections. examples of note include:
ABC Opinion polls
Australian polling center- from the Australian newspaper

Polling businesses include:

Galaxy research
Roy Morgan research
Essential research

Australian elections 2013- meet the candidates using our recommended resources!

The Australian Electoral Commission has a list of registered political parties.
Australian Labor party campaign 2013 - Kevin Rudd twitter

Liberal party Tony Abbott twitter
National Party
Green party

Election leaflets - see examples on a society maintained by the Open Australia foundation.
Campaign Ads ( via University of Melbourne website)

Coming soon Australia elections - try these recommended starting points

Elections are due to take place in Australia very soon.
here are our starting points for keeping up to date!

Government websites.

The Australian Electoral Commission has a detailed website for the 2013 elections.
it includes lists of candidates
timetables, factsheets, legislation and more.
The Electoral Council of Australia explains the electoral system clearly. It also has research on the effectiveness and operation.

these services include polls, news stories, interviews and discussion from the campaigns.

Canberra Times
ABC News
Global Mail - has a powerhouse section which has analysis of data and some interactive games.
Australian Times
Sydney Morning Herald
Yahoo and 7 news coverage
YouTube: Australia votes channel - note includes satire and manifesto campaigns

Huffington Post

Academic commentary.
The Conversation independent news service which includes comment from academic sources. based in Australia.
Australian Policy and History Network commentary linking historical events with current circumstances
Election watch 2013 - University of Melbourne
Includes campaign ads, cartoons and satire