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.

Who Leads Us is a website which compares the characteristics of those elected to US assemblies with those of the citizens they serve.

Statistics
December 24, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Denis Muller takes a look at the media's influence over public policy.

Opinion

Opensecrets.org provides a database on who donates, how much, and to which candidates or parties in the United States.

Statistics
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

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