Leadership

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.

June 1, 2015

Heather Bastedo of Queen's University examines why youth voting rates in Canada are lower than in previous generations.

Academic
September 23, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Sarah Maddison argues Australian democracy is like a frog slowly boiling to death.

Opinion
December 3, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Tamas Wells asks if the National League for Democracy's emphatic victory was a vote ‘for’ the NLD, or ‘against’ the ruling military government.

Opinion
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
August 31, 2015

Book extract: Andrew Leigh, the Assistant Federal Shadow Treasurer and Member for Fraser, shows how luck can change the course of political events.

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
August 21, 2015

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

Statistics
November 18, 2013

Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.

Opinion
June 5, 2013

Der Speigel's Mathieu von Rohr argues France is experiencing a democratic malaise due to a chronic lack of political leadership.

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