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.

October 9, 2012

Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.

Opinion
November 10, 2013

British think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research calls for compulsory voting in the UK to reverse low voter turnout among the young and less affluent.

Report
April 20, 2015

Thomas Carothers and Oren Samet-Marram from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argue 'Western democratic powers are no longer the dominant external shapers of political transitions around the world'.

Academic
October 29, 2015

Erika Feller, Former Assistant High Commissioner of the UNHCR, argues mass migration will be a significant litmus test of the strength and resilience of our democratic systems. 

Opinion
October 7, 2014

Political scientist and former US assistant defence secretary Joseph Nye suggests that current high levels of policy gridlock may not be a bad thing. 

Opinion
February 17, 2015

Ahead of the British General Election in May 2015, the Church of England argues British democracy is failing.

Opinion
August 18, 2014

Diane Francis argues in The American Interest that the US should merge with if the two nations merge and adopt a single Canadian-style democracy.

Opinion
October 21, 2015

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of Arts, at the University of Melbourne argues it's time for a sustained evaluation of why confidence in democracy seems to be in decline.

Opinion
February 9, 2015

Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne argues that major dysfunctions in our political system are stripping politicians of their ability to lead.

Opinion

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