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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.
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.
Tom Quinn at the University of Essex writes on what the success of left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn will mean for British politics.
Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne argues that major dysfunctions in our political system are stripping politicians of their ability to lead.
The Australian government's secrecy in the way it handles asylum-seekers is undermining its democratic accountability, writes Alex Reilly of the University of Adelaide.
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