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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.
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.
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.
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