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.

April 1, 2015

Nicholas Reece from the University of Melbourne examines Melbourne City Council's experiment in participatory budgeting.

Opinion
May 10, 2015

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, founder of democracy think-tank newDemocracy, writes in The Sydney Morning Herald that democracy needs to revamp itself by rediscovering the collaborative 'power of the people'.

Opinion
October 11, 2015

John Keane of the University of Sydney considers whether the belief in the universality of ‘free and fair’ elections is a worn-out dogma that's urgently in need of replacement.

Opinion
April 1, 2013

Research by the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance examines the non-contestatory mode of deliberation used at an Australian 'Citizens' Parliament'.

Academic

Democracy think-tank newDemocracy highlights a range of potential options for new fora that renew and enhance citizen engagement.

Report
October 21, 2015

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of Arts, at the University of Melbourne argues it's time for a sustained evaluation of why confidence in democracy seems to be in decline.

Opinion
September 1, 2014

Jonathan Kupyer from Stockholm University argues for the democratisation of international areas of co-operation.

Academic
 
The European Union allows individual citizens to propose a policy idea, providing they can get one million people to support it.
November 9, 2015

South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill argues democracy isn't in crisis, but the public need to be more involved in solutions.

Opinion

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