Obstacles to Renewal

Advanced democracies face major obstacles to renewal, including a lack of consensus about whether change is needed and what is needed. Another obstacle is that mechanisms which create stability also make major reform difficult to achieve.

October 1, 2014

Marc Plattner of the National Endowment for Democracy reviews David Runciman's book 'The Confidence Trap'.

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May 8, 2015

David Runciman reflects in the London Review of Books on the 2015 UK national election result, saying majority governments are not tackling long-term problems.

Opinion
October 11, 2011

Thorvaldur Gylfason from the University of Iceland outlines how the island nation sought to reshape its Constitution and political system after the GFC.

Opinion
May 30, 2014

Nancy Rosenblum of Harvard University calls for greater political imagination and sense of agency to address democracy's failings.

Academic
April 10, 2010

Bruce Williams from the University of Virginia examines whether the internet is a major threat to, or a potential saviour of, democracy.

Academic
January 1, 2011

Robert Lieberman reviews Winner-Take-All Politics, a book about how public policy has contributed to income inequality in the US over the last 40 years.

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October 14, 2013

Internet privacy activist Richard Stallman writes in Wired magazine that online surveillance by governments must be reined in if democracy is to survive.

Opinion
April 20, 2015

Thomas Carothers and Oren Samet-Marram from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argue 'Western democratic powers are no longer the dominant external shapers of political transitions around the world'.

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June 27, 2014

Michael Riegner and Richard Stacey from New York University discuss the possibility of a democratic system where the role of political parties is marginal.

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