Policy Failure and Gridlock

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.

October 7, 2014

Political scientist and former US assistant defence secretary Joseph Nye suggests that current high levels of policy gridlock may not be a bad thing. 

Opinion
February 17, 2015

Ahead of the British General Election in May 2015, the Church of England argues British democracy is failing.

Opinion
August 18, 2014

Diane Francis argues in The American Interest that the US should merge with if the two nations merge and adopt a single Canadian-style democracy.

Opinion
October 21, 2015

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of Arts, at the University of Melbourne argues it's time for a sustained evaluation of why confidence in democracy seems to be in decline.

Opinion
February 9, 2015

Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne argues that major dysfunctions in our political system are stripping politicians of their ability to lead.

Opinion
February 11, 2015

Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.

Opinion
May 31, 2015

George Williams of the University of New South Wales suggests lowering the voting age would better shape the long-term direction of the nation.

Opinion
November 9, 2015

South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill argues democracy isn't in crisis, but the public need to be more involved in solutions.

Opinion
September 5, 2014

Peter Burdon from the Adelaide Law School asks whether democracy is fit-for-purpose to deal with climate change.

Opinion

Pages