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Political columnist Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal asks: are we asking too much of our elected politicians in a hyper-complex world?
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.
Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University find that economic elites and business-based interest groups drive US policy.
A report by Congressional Management Foundation finds that email torrents from citizens are jamming the gears of the US Congress – and the advent of social media will only add to the problem.
Alexander Becker from The Washington Post questions figures suggesting that spending on lobbyists is falling.
Robert Lieberman reviews Winner-Take-All Politics, a book about how public policy has contributed to income inequality in the US over the last 40 years.
Anthony Zurcher in a blog for the BBC reviews the burgeoning infuence of campaign finance in deciding the result of the 2014 US Congressional elections.
The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.
Diane Francis argues in The American Interest that the US should merge with if the two nations merge and adopt a single Canadian-style democracy.
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