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.

Who Leads Us is a website which compares the characteristics of those elected to US assemblies with those of the citizens they serve.

Statistics
August 11, 2015

Mark Triffit from the University of Melbourne asks what has become of political heroes?

Opinion
November 25, 2015

The Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Carolyn Evans, says Australian democracy needs more women in politics.

Opinion
February 9, 2015

The failure to embrace contemporary methods of communication is a significant problem for politicians, writes the University of South Australia's Collette Snowden.

Opinion
March 23, 2015

Tom Engelhardt from The Nation Institute makes the case that a new, and unwelcome, system of governance is being created in the United States.

Opinion
May 8, 2015

Alex Runswick, head of British democracy reform group Unlock Democracy, says the 2015 election shows Britain's voting system is outdated. 

Opinion
January 1, 2012

Georgetown University's Charles Kupchan argues that globalisation is the root cause of a crisis of governance in the US, Europe and Japan.

Opinion
August 24, 2015

There's a risk that migrants are disenfranchised from their adopted political systems, argues the University of Birmingham's Jenny Phillimore.

Opinion
November 30, 2015

Elected officials welcome ways to inject the voices of citizens into deliberative bodies, argues the ANU's Carolyn Hendriks.

Opinion

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