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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.
VIDEO: A comedy debate about the fact and fiction of working in the Australian government.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Simon Hughes argues the peace of the world may depend on curbing emissions.
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.
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.
The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.
'Outsiders' are needed for innovation, argue Lykke Ricard, Roskilde University, and Jenny Lewis, University of Melbourne.
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.
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