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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.
There's a risk that migrants are disenfranchised from their adopted political systems, argues the University of Birmingham's Jenny Phillimore.
Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.
Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve system, Alan Blinder, argues that important areas of policy-making need to quarantined from day-to-day politicking.
Bruce Williams from the University of Virginia examines whether the internet is a major threat to, or a potential saviour of, democracy.
How best to reform federalism and improve education? Bronwyn Hinz from the Melbourne School of Government canvasses some options.
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.
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