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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.
James Pfiffner from George Mason University examines the causes for why the US Congress is passing the lowest number of new laws in over 70 years.
The triumph of spin over substance points to deep problems within our political system, writes Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne.
Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders and ABC Radio National host Jonathan Green in conversation about Australia's federal democracy.
The Director of the Centre for Social Research, Delhi, Ranjana Kumari, says gender discrimination is holding India back.
Columnist Tim Dick in The Age blames the poor state of political leadership in Australia for the likely failure of major tax reform.
Harvard University's Peter Hall searches for the source of the recent widespread doubts about the capabilities of representative government.
Former Deputy Mayor of Brisbane David Hinchliffe has some advice for improving democracy.
Dr Elizabeth Thurbon from UNSW Australia argues the Australian government is disempowering Australian companies.
The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.
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