Citizen Disengagement

Citizen disengagement and disillusionment with mainstream politics, the so-called ‘democratic disconnect’, is highlighted by declining trust in political leadership and parties, falling turnouts at elections and a common view that politics and policy making is disconnected from ordinary people.

November 11, 2014

The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.

Opinion
April 3, 2015

Former federal government minister and Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne Barry Jones laments the failure of our current system of democracy to tackle 'wicked' policy problems.

Opinion
May 13, 2015

Paul Twivy argues in The Guardian that Britons want more from their democracy than an election every five years.

Opinion

Figures compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union show many new democracies are electing a higher percentage of women than Western democracies.

Statistics
July 30, 2015

Marian Sawer of Australian National University suggests quotas are needed in Australian politics to boost the low number of female parliamentarians.

Opinion
November 11, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Bill Harley argues workers are no more able to control their workplaces than they've ever been.

Opinion
August 7, 2014

Figures released by the European Parliament show EU elections in 2014 attracted lowest-ever voter participation. 

News
August 21, 2006

Stephen Coleman from Oxford University argues traditional forms of liberal democracy are struggling to engage with a digital world dominated by ‘networks’.

Academic
April 13, 2015

The Swinburne Leadership Survey examines the trustworthiness and competence of Australian leaders.

Report

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