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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.
Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.
George Williams of the University of New South Wales suggests lowering the voting age would better shape the long-term direction of the nation.
South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill argues democracy isn't in crisis, but the public need to be more involved in solutions.
Peter Burdon from the Adelaide Law School asks whether democracy is fit-for-purpose to deal with climate change.
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.
Georgetown University's Charles Kupchan argues that globalisation is the root cause of a crisis of governance in the US, Europe and Japan.
Elected officials welcome ways to inject the voices of citizens into deliberative bodies, argues the ANU's Carolyn Hendriks.
Mark Beeson from the University of Western Australia argues dysfunctional democracies are the new political normal across much of the world.
Paul Twivy argues in The Guardian that Britons want more from their democracy than an election every five years.
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