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Policy-making and political decisions in democracies often take time and involve compromise. But partisan politics and short-termism among political leaders and political parties can cause policy failure and gridlock.
The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.
Evgeny Morozov argues in MIT Technology Review that governments gathering huge amounts of personal information is a major threat to democracy.
The ABC's Patricia Karvelas argues politicians need to harness the non-stop nature of digital media to develop better policy.
The Paris climate deal shows multilateralism can work, argues the University of Melbourne's Robyn Eckersley
Former federal government minister and Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne Barry Jones laments the failure of our current system of democracy to tackle 'wicked' policy problems.
Thomas Edsell from Columbia University discusses some of the factors affecting political engagement in the US.
Jennifer Hochschild of Harvard University and Katherine Levine Einstein of Boston University discuss how misinformation drives poor policy preferences.
Attila Ágh from Corvinus University of Budapest examines the status of the democracies that emerged in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse in 1989.
The Australian's Paul Kelly wonders how long it will be before we have a public debate in Australia about what he describes as a broken political system.
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