Special Interests

Democracy promotes itself as the best political system because it gives ordinary people a say. But vested interests with deep pockets can direct and dominate 21st century democracy. The perception that democracy is becoming a system for the few and not the many is one of the major reasons for citizen disengagement and distrust.

June 17, 2014

Former Presidential adviser Jiri Pehe examines the Czech Republic's struggles with democracy 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Academic
April 21, 2002

William Scheurerman from the University of Illinois highlights how liberal democracy struggles to keep pace with the current need for rapid decision-making.

Academic
September 18, 2014

Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University find that economic elites and business-based interest groups drive US policy.

Academic
October 28, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Glenn Savage argues think tanks are influencing education policy, and we often don't know who's funding them.

Opinion
November 1, 2008

A review of Frank Vibert's book, Rise of the Unelected, which looks at the ever-expanding role of non-elected experts and technocrats in making major policy in liberal democracies. 

Academic
March 23, 2015

Tom Engelhardt from The Nation Institute makes the case that a new, and unwelcome, system of governance is being created in the United States.

Opinion
January 1, 2011

Robert Lieberman reviews Winner-Take-All Politics, a book about how public policy has contributed to income inequality in the US over the last 40 years.

Academic
November 27, 2015

Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Tim Smith, questions whether democracy is still serving its citizens.

Opinion
February 1, 2015

Tim Flannery and Catriona Wallace argue in The Monthly that online citizen forums to discuss and decide on policy is the answer to fixing democracy.

Opinion

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