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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.
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.
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.
Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne argues that major dysfunctions in our political system are stripping politicians of their ability to lead.
Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.
George Williams of the University of New South Wales suggests lowering the voting age would better shape the long-term direction of the nation.
South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill argues democracy isn't in crisis, but the public need to be more involved in solutions.
Peter Burdon from the Adelaide Law School asks whether democracy is fit-for-purpose to deal with climate change.
David Runciman reflects in the London Review of Books on the 2015 UK national election result, saying majority governments are not tackling long-term problems.
Georgetown University's Charles Kupchan argues that globalisation is the root cause of a crisis of governance in the US, Europe and Japan.
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