New Forms of Democracy

New forms of democracy include deliberative democracy, where citizens help elected representatives decide on policy decisions, and direct democracy, where citizens do away with elected representation and make policy and political decisions themselves.

December 17, 2009

The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.

Opinion
May 8, 2015

Alex Runswick, head of British democracy reform group Unlock Democracy, says the 2015 election shows Britain's voting system is outdated. 

Opinion
July 22, 2015

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

Opinion
March 16, 2015

Key thinkers from the Principled Societies Projects and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute propose some innovative ideas to upgrade democratic systems.

Opinion
April 10, 2015

The University of Michigan's Alex Halderman and Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne speak to Up Close Podcast about the challenges of electronic and internet voting. 

Academic
August 11, 2015

Mark Triffit from the University of Melbourne asks what has become of political heroes?

Opinion
May 16, 2007

Alison Kadlek and Will Freidman from Public Agenda examine the main criticisms of deliberative democracy as an alternative to traditional democracy and suggests potential solutions.

Academic
April 23, 2015

Benjamin Moffitt of Stockholm University examines the rise of left-wing populism in Europe and argues that populism has both democratic and anti-democratic tendencies.

Opinion
August 16, 2015

Are plebiscites more democratic than elected representatives making decisions for us? Democracy Renewal's James CahillLyn Carson of the New Democracy Foundation and QUT's Peter Black discuss on RN Sunday Extra.

Opinion

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