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.

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
May 11, 2015
Colin Crouch of the University of Warwick writes on how informal politics, while vital to the strength of democracy, undermines the equality of the electoral process.
Opinion
April 1, 2015

Robyn Eckersley of the University of Melbourne argues that the Anthropocene, an epoch of human-driven planetary change, should prompt us to address the lack of democratic accountability in the area of ecology and environmental protection. 

Opinion
December 15, 2008

Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson makes a case for why lobbyists benefit democracy.

Opinion

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