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 11, 2013

Ian Marsh proposes in The Political Quarterly that the public would be better represented by the creation of new parliamentary committees.

Academic
November 3, 2015

Is democracy in crisis? Democracy Renewal's Cathy Harper and James Cahill consider evidence in the Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Academic
December 18, 2014

A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society argues that political parties need to modernise their structures, become less elitist and engage more proactively with citizens.

Report
February 10, 2015

Data compiled by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation shows how many leadership changes there have been since 2002.

Statistics
April 8, 2014

Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs argues that the rise of micro-parties in Australia shows dissatisfaction with the major parties.

Opinion
May 20, 2015

Sydney University's John Keane argues parliamentary democracy is drifting back to 18th Century models.

Opinion
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

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