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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.
Paul Twivy argues in The Guardian that Britons want more from their democracy than an election every five years.
Former Victorian Premier John Brumby suggests some ways to 'fix' politics and its 'wicked' problems.
Professor Robyn Eckersley from the University of Melbourne argues the biggest collective action problem of all time could be tackled by deliberative democracy.
Micheal Teter from the University of Utah examines the implications of the policy gridlock that has hampered the past several US Congresses.
Ivor Crewe from Oxford University concludes governments get policy wrong because they're disconnected from citizens and other key stakeholders.
VIDEO: A comedy debate about the fact and fiction of working in the Australian government.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Simon Hughes argues the peace of the world may depend on curbing emissions.
The Journal of Democracy devotes an entire issue to examining the decline of democracy throughout the world. Co-founding editor Marc Plattner summarises the arguments.
The failure to tackle climate change speaks to an overall failure of our liberal democratic system, say Travers McLeod and Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne.
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