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.

February 11, 2015

Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.

Opinion
January 18, 2008

Research in the American Journal of Political Science finds that rising inequality decreases political engagement by less affluent citizens.

Academic
February 12, 2015

Democratic political strategist Peter Fenn writes that political donations in the run up to the 2016 US Presidential election are out of control and ruining America's democratic system.

Opinion
May 8, 2015

David Runciman reflects in the London Review of Books on the 2015 UK national election result, saying majority governments are not tackling long-term problems.

Opinion
July 1, 2013

Higher levels of economic inequality lead to weaker representation of the less affluent, finds research by the University of Lausanne, the University of Mannheim and the University of Berne.

Academic

The Australian Government Lobbyist's Registry is the main way to track lobbying activities in Australia.

Report
October 11, 2011

Thorvaldur Gylfason from the University of Iceland outlines how the island nation sought to reshape its Constitution and political system after the GFC.

Opinion
July 14, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.

Opinion

The UK Electoral Commission maintains a database of private campaign donations and public election funding to UK political parties.

Statistics

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