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.

March 6, 2014

By creating multi-billion dollar contracts with large multinational firms for the handling of asylum seekers, the Australian government has pushed us to the edge of outsourcing, writes Janine O'Flynn of the University of Melbourne.

Opinion
September 5, 2014

Peter Burdon from the Adelaide Law School asks whether democracy is fit-for-purpose to deal with climate change.

Opinion
April 16, 2015

Lee Drutman from the New America Foundation looks beyond campaign contributions to the oversized, and less visible, power of corporate lobbying on policy making.

Opinion
May 21, 2015

Andy Williamson from Democracy Space reflects on the influence of social media on the 2015 UK election campaign.

Opinion
September 1, 2015

Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, asks if career politicians are really able to represent the interests of their constituents.

Opinion
November 16, 2011

David Skelton argues in The New Statesman that rule of the people has been replaced by rule of technocrats.

Opinion
May 16, 2007

Alison Kadlek and Will Freidman from Public Agenda examine the main criticisms of deliberative democracy as an alternative to traditional democracy and suggests potential solutions.

Academic
May 14, 2013

Andrew Reeves of Washington University in St Louis reviews The Unheavenly Chorus, a study on political participation and socio-economic status.

Academic
September 23, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Zim Nwokora looks at controversial questions about the financing of parties and elections.

Academic

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