Bruce Hawker is a leading campaign manager with 30 years experience advising leaders in business and politics. As MD of Campaigns & Communications, Bruce manages crises and plans and executes communications campaigns.

America and Australia: So Similar Yet So Different

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to look at America and Americans up close.  An election which focused the attention of a nation for months was run and won. But within days all eyes were turned to two issues about which we had heard surprisingly little in the campaign - the "fiscal cliff" and the Middle East. The President allowed himself an evening of celebration and it was back to work. It seems that honeymoons are for the marriage - not the renewal of the vows.
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Lessons for Labor

Modern, democratic political parties in Europe and North America, like the Labour Party in the UK and Canada’s New Democratic Party, involve party members directly in the election of party leaders. In Canada, at least, this approach is working with the NDP increasing its membership and winning seats in the Canadian legislature. Political leadership is central to the success of a political party but the enduring strength of a party comes from the involvement and ideas of members and [...]

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