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Mark Beeson from the University of Western Australia argues dysfunctional democracies are the new political normal across much of the world.
Citizen disconnect takes hold in major Western countries, according to report by international think-tank Transatlanic Academy.
Norway's efforts to cap election spending point to a simple but effective way to reduce the role of money politics on democracy, says Emmett Rensin from Mic.com.
Peter Burdon from the Adelaide Law School asks whether democracy is fit-for-purpose to deal with climate change.
Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne argues that major dysfunctions in our political system are stripping politicians of their ability to lead.
Figures released by the European Parliament show EU elections in 2014 attracted lowest-ever voter participation.
The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.
Political scientist and former US assistant defence secretary Joseph Nye suggests that current high levels of policy gridlock may not be a bad thing.
Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.
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