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A 2012 survey by The Lowy Institute finds less than 40% of young Australians think democracy is a good thing.
Mark Beeson from the University of Western Australia argues dysfunctional democracies are the new political normal across much of the world.
Hans Keman of VU University Amsterdam analyses the democratic performance and legitimacy of political parties across 20 European nations from 1990 to 2010.
Columnist Tim Dick in The Age blames the poor state of political leadership in Australia for the likely failure of major tax reform.
Ian Marsh proposes in The Political Quarterly that the public would be better represented by the creation of new parliamentary committees.
Thorvaldur Gylfason from the University of Iceland outlines how the island nation sought to reshape its Constitution and political system after the GFC.
Robert Kaiser, formerly of the Washington Post, argues the US Congress is 'helpless and hopeless'.
Michael Riegner and Richard Stacey from New York University discuss the possibility of a democratic system where the role of political parties is marginal.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.
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