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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.
Political columnist Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal asks: are we asking too much of our elected politicians in a hyper-complex world?
William Scheurerman from the University of Illinois highlights how liberal democracy struggles to keep pace with the current need for rapid decision-making.
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'.
John Freebairn and Miranda Stewart from the University of Melbourne argue reform is critical for a prosperous democracy.
A report by Congressional Management Foundation finds that email torrents from citizens are jamming the gears of the US Congress – and the advent of social media will only add to the problem.
Larry Diamond from Stanford University analyses the 'democratic recession' over the last decade.
Der Speigel's Mathieu von Rohr argues France is experiencing a democratic malaise due to a chronic lack of political leadership.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt asks how Malcolm Turnbull will deliver on his promise of a 21st Century government
Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.
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Date created: 16 September 2014
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