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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.
Myanmar's first free elections are an important step on the long road to democracy, writes Rebecca Devitt.
Nancy Rosenblum of Harvard University calls for greater political imagination and sense of agency to address democracy's failings.
Mark Triffit from the University of Melbourne asks what has become of political heroes?
Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Tim Smith, questions whether democracy is still serving its citizens.
Marc Abrahams highlights in The Guardian how selecting elected representatives randomly rather than through political party systems could make democracies work better.
The University of Melbourne's Bart Klem asks whether Sri Lanka's democracy can address ethnic antagonism.
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?
Heather Bastedo of Queen's University examines why youth voting rates in Canada are lower than in previous generations.
The University of Melbourne's Sarah Maddison argues Australian democracy is like a frog slowly boiling to death.
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