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.

December 1, 2015

Professor Robyn Eckersley from the University of Melbourne argues the biggest collective action problem of all time could be tackled by deliberative democracy.

Opinion
June 1, 2013

Micheal Teter from the University of Utah examines the implications of the policy gridlock that has hampered the past several US Congresses. 

Academic
November 6, 2013

Ivor Crewe from Oxford University concludes governments get policy wrong because they're disconnected from citizens and other key stakeholders. 

Opinion
July 2, 2015

VIDEO: A comedy debate about the fact and fiction of working in the Australian government.

Opinion
December 2, 2015

The Rt. Hon. Sir Simon Hughes argues the peace of the world may depend on curbing emissions.

Opinion
January 1, 2015

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. 

Academic
April 22, 2015

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.

Opinion
July 14, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.

Opinion
December 8, 2015

'Outsiders' are needed for innovation, argue Lykke Ricard, Roskilde University, and Jenny Lewis, University of Melbourne.

Opinion

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