Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

Coalition Politics

Interview with Dr Melanie Sully in English for Austrian Radio ORF FM4 on an hitherto secret practice accompanying coalition formation in Austria.


Austrian Election and Reforms

Civil society groups including Go Governance with Melanie Sully held a press conference underlining the importance of reforms in electoral system in Austria to meet OSCE and other commitments
A press conference was held led by Prof Heinrich Neisser to present the annual state of Austrian democracy, a publication to which Dr Melanie Sully contributed


Austrian politics and the demise of parties

Melanie Sully writes in the "Wiener Zeitung" on the governmental crisis in the Austrian coalition precipitated by the resignation of the leader of the ÖVP. A successor claims full power of the party machine aiming to build a movement, a recipe which bore fruit in France and the UK with Corbyn. This throws up challenges for inner-party democracy. "Ohne Partei ist man alles"


Opinion Polls: article in Der Standard

An article by Lisa Nimmervoll "Für Meinungen gibt es keine Stopptaste" Der Standard 29.2. 2016 looking at whether opinion polls should be banned just before elections and some international examples given by Melanie Sully. Other articles written by the same journalist in interviews with Melanie Sully include features on postal voting and e-voting with comparative studies appearing in Der Standard in September 2016 after problems in the Austrian presidential.


Op ed in the Wiener Zeitung

Dr Melanie Sully writes on the common international problems of parliamentarians comparing Australia, Austria and UK: Wiener Zeitung, 5.1. 2016 "Doch mehr Gemeinsamkeiten als nur Kängarus.
English Version, click here


Public Participation in Decision-making

Recommendations of the OSCE launched at the annual Warsaw meeting in a panel discussion led by Alice Thomas, Chief ODIHR Legislative Support Unit, Member of the Coordinating Council of International Youth Human Rights, Ambassador Maria Leissner and Dr Melanie Sully (Photo OSCE/Murat Gungor)


Unpredictable Parliaments op ed by Dr Melanie Sully

Op ed in the Austrian quality "Die Presse" on the role of Speakers, voting, elections in parliaments.


Labour Party Leadership Battle

Dr Melanie Sully writes in the Austrian quality daily "Die Presse" analysing an unusual candidate on the Left. In 2016 Melanie wrote an article in Die Presse on the crisis in the Labour Party which was reprinted in Euractiv. Also interview in Der Standard on the threat of a split in the Labour Party. And interview in Der Standard on controversial choice of shadow cabinet ministers.


Parliamentary Reforms by Dr Melanie Sully

 Here a selection of topics and interviews on current politics



Interview in "Der Standard" on "crossing the floor"

Interview in the Austrian quality daily "Der Standard", 7.8. 2015 with Dr Melanie Sully on changes of allegiance in parliamentary factions (written by Lisa Nimmervoll).


Rechtspanorama "Die Presse", Was Österreich von den Briten lernen kann Dr Melanie Sully in the legal section of Die Presse

Photo: Dr Melanie Sully

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has written in the quality daily "Die Presse" ("Was Österreich von den Briten lernen kann") on MPs, when they should resign, discipline, recalls, lobbyists, the expenses scandal in the British parliament and other international examples. For some offences UK MPs forfeit their salary. Also read what happens when MPs get prison sentences.


Workshop in Armenia on Lawmaking Process

Workshop organised by OSCE/ODIHR stressing the need to conduct proper consultation in policy and lawmaking processes: press release


"Kleinere Kabinette besser?" (Are small cabinets better) by Dr Melanie Sully, in Die Presse

Article in the Austrian daily, Die Presse, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (5.10. 2013) on the optimal size of parliaments and governments with international comparisons in the light of the formation of a new Austrian cabinet after parliamentary elections. Plus:
A current debate in Austria on parliamentary hearings for Ministers and a similar discussion in the UK House of Commons on pre-training and feed back for Ministers and possible candidates. What qualifications should our leaders have? 
FM4 Radio Interview "The Job of a Minister", with Dr Melanie Sully, 10.9. 2013


The Advantages of the UK Electoral System

Much maligned and unloved here Dr Melanie Sully writes an op ed in the "Wiener Zeitung" 28.5. 2015 " Das Wahlrecht - ein Recht auf eine Wahl" in German with English summary on the first past the post system in the UK.


Transparency in Lawmaking Workshop in Georgia

The OSCE/ODIHR hosted with the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament the Workshop during which This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. made an expert presentation


Aftermath of the UK Election

Dr Melanie Sully gave several interviews to the media analysing the campaign and results including radio, television stations and print


"Selection and Election" "Die Qual der Auswahl vor der Wahl" article in Der Standard by Dr Melanie Sully

This article appeared in the quality Austrian daily "Der Standard", 12.8. 2013 and illustrates the greater independence of UK MPs in parliament, highlighted by the vote against military action on Syria, a resounding defeat for Prime Minister Cameron.


Direct Democracy/Personalities, Parliamentarism

The "Austrian Yearbook for Politics" with chapters by Dr Melanie Sully on "Direct Democracy" and on "Personalities, Parties and Parliamentarism" by Dr Christoph Konrath and Dr Melanie Sully


OSCE/ODIHR Expert Workshop on Democracy

Dr Melanie Sully was invited to the specialist political parties seminar at the OSCE/ODIHR which examined the topic from inside out.


Tiroler Tageszeitung interview

Interview with Dr Melanie Sully on what UKIP gains mean for Europe and Britain, November 2014


Press Freedom in the UK


"Richter Levesons Vorschlag" - Debate on statutory press regulation by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
appeared in the Austrian weekly "Die Furche"


Article on Direct Democracy by Dr Melanie Sully

Article from "Die Furche", Austrian qualitiy weekly

Currently there is an ongoing debate in Austria on direct democracy and early next year (2013) the people will be asked to vote on whether they want to keep conscription or not. Direct democracy, if well thought out, can complement representative democracy but if not can lead to greater disillusionment with politics. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has written an article on "Kampagne oder Instrument: Dilemma direkter Demokratie" in the quality Austrian weekly, Die Furche, 6.9. 2012, p7