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The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.
Columnist Tim Dick in The Age blames the poor state of political leadership in Australia for the likely failure of major tax reform.
Alexander Becker from The Washington Post questions figures suggesting that spending on lobbyists is falling.
The EU's Transparency Registry provides information on lobbyists and lobbying activities in the European Parliament and Commission.
The Guardian's Ian Traynor looks at the rising influence of corporate lobbying on the European Union.
The UK Electoral Commission maintains a database of private campaign donations and public election funding to UK political parties.
The Australian Government Lobbyist's Registry is the main way to track lobbying activities in Australia.
Democratic political strategist Peter Fenn writes that political donations in the run up to the 2016 US Presidential election are out of control and ruining America's democratic system.
Opensecrets.org provides a database on who donates, how much, and to which candidates or parties in the United States.
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