Benjamin Reilly


Professor Benjamin Reilly is a political scientist and academic at the UWA School of Social Sciences whose work focuses on democratisation and electoral reform in ethnically divided societies. 

Professor Reilly’s interest in the subject developed throughout his PhD research at the Australian National University (ANU), conducting periods of fieldwork in PNG, Fiji and Sir Lanka, and serving with the United Nations in Cambodia for the transitional 1993 election. This led him to undertake other positions working on international democracy assistance with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. 

Pandemic democracy
Pandemic democracy
Voting is based on trust between citizens and their government. In an age of social distancing, such faith is tested.