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.

July 21, 2015

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