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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.
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.
Evgeny Morozov argues in MIT Technology Review that governments gathering huge amounts of personal information is a major threat to democracy.
The ABC's Patricia Karvelas argues politicians need to harness the non-stop nature of digital media to develop better policy.
The Paris climate deal shows multilateralism can work, argues the University of Melbourne's Robyn Eckersley
Former federal government minister and Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne Barry Jones laments the failure of our current system of democracy to tackle 'wicked' policy problems.
Thomas Edsell from Columbia University discusses some of the factors affecting political engagement in the US.
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