Decline of Major Parties

The role of major political parties in organising voter support and creating mandates for policy is critical for democracies. But major parties are in decline with membership falling and stable voter blocs being replaced by ‘swinging’ voters.

April 23, 2015

Benjamin Moffitt of Stockholm University examines the rise of left-wing populism in Europe and argues that populism has both democratic and anti-democratic tendencies.

Opinion
May 10, 2015

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, founder of democracy think-tank newDemocracy, writes in The Sydney Morning Herald that democracy needs to revamp itself by rediscovering the collaborative 'power of the people'.

Opinion
February 23, 2015

The power of micro-parties in the Australian Senate is a symptom of an archaic system that needs to be updated, say Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod from the University of Melbourne. 

Opinion
April 17, 2012

Marc Abrahams highlights in The Guardian how selecting elected representatives randomly rather than through political party systems could make democracies work better.

News
June 1, 2005

A study by Peter Mair for the University of California's Centre for the Study of Democracy shows that in Western European democracies key indicators of the system's health have dropped markedly since the 1990s. 

Academic
April 30, 2014

The UK’s Hansard Society finds the vast majority of British voters don't believe they can influence politics and think the behaviour of politicians is declining.

Report
February 10, 2014

Preston Manning and Andre Turcotte write in The Globe and Mail that Canada's political parties are failing to engage with voters on a range of pressing policy issues. 

Opinion
March 8, 2013

Gordon Goldstein in The Washington Post reviews Moises Naim’s book The End of Power which argues 'power is becoming easier to disrupt and harder to consolidate'.

Academic
February 20, 2014

Data from the Australian National University illustrates trends in Australian public opinion on politics over a 25 year period. 

Report

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