Re-engaging Citizens

Many ideas are emerging on how to re-engage citizens with democracy. These include new structures and systems, including digital technologies, that allow for more direct public consultation, information flow and more considered input by citizens into policy-making.

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
July 22, 2015

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

Opinion
November 2, 2015

Mark Chou, Catherine Hartung and Jean-Paul Gagnon argue that lowering the voting age to 16 is just one step in addressing the growing disconnect between politicians and young people.

Opinion
June 1, 2013

John Gastil and Robert Richards from Pennsylvania State University propose citizens' assemblies to empower the public.

Academic

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

Report
August 11, 2015

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

Opinion
November 27, 2015

Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Tim Smith, questions whether democracy is still serving its citizens.

Opinion
July 1, 2014

Janette Hartz-Karp and Brian Sullivan examine the limitations of online public deliberation and propose an alternative approach in the Journal of Public Deliberation.

Academic
June 3, 2013

In a 2013 report, the UK House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee recommends greater public engagement with policy-making.

Report

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