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Francesca Polletta, of the University of California, Irvine, argues the Internet has produced new understandings of equality, organisation and democracy.
Gordon Goldstein in The Washington Post reviews Moises Naim’s book The End of Power which argues 'power is becoming easier to disrupt and harder to consolidate'.
Joy McCann of the Australian Parliamentary Library takes a comprehensive look at electoral gender quotas around the world.
The Economist's annual survey on democracy's health across the world finds all is far from well.
Lee Drutman from the New America Foundation argues that parliamentary systems consistently produce better outcomes than presidential ones.
A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society argues that political parties need to modernise their structures, become less elitist and engage more proactively with citizens.
Internet privacy activist Richard Stallman writes in Wired magazine that online surveillance by governments must be reined in if democracy is to survive.
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.
Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.
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