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August 16, 2015

Are plebiscites more democratic than elected representatives making decisions for us? Democracy Renewal's James CahillLyn Carson of the New Democracy Foundation and QUT's Peter Black discuss on RN Sunday Extra.

December 18, 2014

A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society argues that political parties need to modernise their structures, become less elitist and engage more proactively with citizens.

July 21, 2015

Australia should take lessons from the British experience and have a truly independent Speaker, argues Ryan Goss from the ANU.

June 3, 2013

In a 2013 report, the UK House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee recommends greater public engagement with policy-making.

June 27, 2014

Michael Riegner and Richard Stacey from New York University discuss the possibility of a democratic system where the role of political parties is marginal.

June 25, 2015

The City of Melbourne, members of its People's Panel, and others, discuss how they helped form a $5 billion financial plan.

May 18, 2015

John Menadue, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, argues lobbying is a 'serious corruption of good governance'. 

April 22, 2015

The failure to tackle climate change speaks to an overall failure of our liberal democratic system, say Travers McLeod and Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne.

February 9, 2015

The Melbourne School of Government's Helen Sullivan asks whether governments have the capacity to act when the public doesn't trust politicians and politics.