Resilient Authoritarianism and Soft Power

Introduction Last Thursday I was driving into Canberra and had the opportunity to listen to Richard McGregor’s interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC’s Classic FM. Richard McGregor is the author of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers published in June 2010. I had heard an earlier interview with Phillip Adams too. Both … Continue reading Resilient Authoritarianism and Soft Power

Engines Running: Reflecting on David Crawford's Review of Australian Sport

Introduction This has been a fascinating week for Australian sport. It started with Tiger Woods’ victory at the Australian Masters golf tournament and is ending with visceral debate about play, games, physical education and sport in Australian society. Although I have written two posts about the Independent Sport Panel’s Report I have been mindful of … Continue reading Engines Running: Reflecting on David Crawford's Review of Australian Sport

NESC Forum 2009: Wilma Shakespear and Michael Scott

The first session of day was introduced by Anne-Marie Harrison (Victorian Institute of Sport). She welcomed Wilma Shakespear and Michael Scott to their joint presentation providing an international perspective to the Forum. Wilma Shakespear discussed  her experiences at English Institute of Sport (EIS) and her global observations about high performance environments. She described her early … Continue reading NESC Forum 2009: Wilma Shakespear and Michael Scott