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Trust in, and public perceptions of, the abilities of political leaders is at a low ebb, with many blaming democracy's current problems on a decline in leadership standards among elected representatives.
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.
Book extract: Andrew Leigh, the Assistant Federal Shadow Treasurer and Member for Fraser, shows how luck can change the course of political events.
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'.
More Americans than ever are disillusioned with the two major parties, according to a survey by the Pew Research Centre.
Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.
Der Speigel's Mathieu von Rohr argues France is experiencing a democratic malaise due to a chronic lack of political leadership.
Former Howard Government Minister, David Kemp, argues there's a big ideas gap in current political life.
Political columnist Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal asks: are we asking too much of our elected politicians in a hyper-complex world?
Successful political leadership is so demanding it's almost impossible, writes Peter John Chen from the University of Sydney.
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