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.

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.

August 19, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Bart Klem asks whether Sri Lanka's democracy can address ethnic antagonism.

November 15, 2015

The Paris attacks were a ghastly media spectacular. John Keane from the University of Sydney asks: What will be the broader historical significance in Europe and further afield?

June 1, 2015

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

September 23, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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'.