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Rob Hoffman from Swinburne University finds that 20% of eligible voters are not participating in Australian elections.
Citizen withdrawal from democracy in the US and Canada creates a self-perpetuating cycle writes David Cameron for the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
David Skelton argues in The New Statesman that rule of the people has been replaced by rule of technocrats.
Richard Cooke from The Monthly unpacks the growing disconnect between citizens and political parties in Australia.
David Farrell from University College, Dublin offers a more upbeat assessment of 21st century liberal democracy, saying it is showing signs of adapting to new realities.
In a report by Canadian democracy think-tank Samara, outgoing politicians in Canada say democracy can be improved if elected representatives find new ways to engage with citizens.
International democracy think-tank Freedom House highlights 'disturbing declines' in democratic freedoms globally in its annual 2015 democracy survey.
A national survey in Canada by democracy think-tank Samara finds only 55% of voters believe democracy is working well there, down from 75% in 2004.
Micheal Teter from the University of Utah examines the implications of the policy gridlock that has hampered the past several US Congresses.
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