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.

May 18, 2015

John Menadue, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, argues lobbying is a 'serious corruption of good governance'. 

Opinion
July 22, 2015

Former Deputy Mayor of Brisbane David Hinchliffe has some advice for improving democracy.

Opinion
May 8, 2014

The Guardian's Ian Traynor looks at the rising influence of corporate lobbying on the European Union.

News
April 22, 2015

The failure to tackle climate change speaks to an overall failure of our liberal democratic system, say Travers McLeod and Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne.

Opinion
July 21, 2015

Jennifer Hochschild of Harvard University and Katherine Levine Einstein of Boston University discuss how misinformation drives poor policy preferences.

Academic

The EU's Transparency Registry provides information on lobbyists and lobbying activities in the European Parliament and Commission.

Statistics
May 20, 2015

Sydney University's John Keane argues parliamentary democracy is drifting back to 18th Century models.

Opinion
July 28, 2015

A study by Money, Politics and Transparency ranks Australia 23rd out of 54 countries in campaign finance transparency.

News
August 19, 2014

Alexander Becker from The Washington Post questions figures suggesting that spending on lobbyists is falling.

News

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