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.

April 1, 2015

Robyn Eckersley of the University of Melbourne argues that the Anthropocene, an epoch of human-driven planetary change, should prompt us to address the lack of democratic accountability in the area of ecology and environmental protection. 

Opinion
February 9, 2015

The Melbourne School of Government's Helen Sullivan asks whether governments have the capacity to act when the public doesn't trust politicians and politics. 

Opinion
April 20, 2009

Lee Drutman from the New America Foundation argues that parliamentary systems consistently produce better outcomes than presidential ones.

Academic
April 17, 2012

Marc Abrahams highlights in The Guardian how selecting elected representatives randomly rather than through political party systems could make democracies work better.

News
August 24, 2015

There's a risk that migrants are disenfranchised from their adopted political systems, argues the University of Birmingham's Jenny Phillimore.

Opinion
November 18, 2013

Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.

Opinion
April 1, 1997

Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve system, Alan Blinder, argues that important areas of policy-making need to quarantined from day-to-day politicking.

Academic
April 10, 2010

Bruce Williams from the University of Virginia examines whether the internet is a major threat to, or a potential saviour of, democracy.

Academic
August 20, 2015

How best to reform federalism and improve education? Bronwyn Hinz from the Melbourne School of Government canvasses some options.

Opinion

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