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.

February 20, 2014

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

June 27, 2014

Michael Riegner and Richard Stacey from New York University discuss the possibility of a democratic system where the role of political parties is marginal.

September 11, 2012

Adrian Little from the University of Melbourne and Michael Crozier from Murdoch Univerisity argue the growing complexity of society makes it harder for traditional political parties to gain support.

July 14, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.

March 4, 2014

Hans Keman of VU University Amsterdam analyses the democratic performance and legitimacy of political parties across 20 European nations from 1990 to 2010. 

August 21, 2015

More Americans than ever are disillusioned with the two major parties, according to a survey by the Pew Research Centre.

December 3, 2014

The University of Melbourne's Sally Young argues the reasons Australians vote the way they do, or fail to vote at all, are becoming more complex.

September 14, 2015

George Washington University's Henry Farrell argues that Corbyn's rise reflects a broader problem with political parties.