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.

September 14, 2011

In a report by Canadian democracy think-tank Samara, outgoing politicians in Canada say democracy can be improved if elected representatives find new ways to engage with citizens. 

Report
December 30, 2012

Ernesto Ganuza and Gianpaolo Biaocchi argue in the Journal of Public Deliberation that participatory budgeting has become part of good governance.

Academic
April 10, 2010

Bruce Williams from the University of Virginia examines whether the internet is a major threat to, or a potential saviour of, democracy.

Academic
August 31, 2015

Book extract: Andrew Leigh, the Assistant Federal Shadow Treasurer and Member for Fraser, shows how luck can change the course of political events.

Opinion
December 7, 2015

New research shows that communities hugely value local governments writes Roberta Ryan, ACELG Director.

Opinion
February 15, 2013

David Farrell from University College, Dublin offers a more upbeat assessment of 21st century liberal democracy, saying it is showing signs of adapting to new realities. 

Academic
November 14, 2014

A report by the British House of Commons states that low voter registration and turnout is approaching a 'crisis'.

Report
December 1, 2011

A report published by We the Citizens - a collaboration between universities and citizens in Ireland - trials a more inclusive way of making policy and politics.

Report
September 6, 2015

Helen Dickinson, at the University of Melbourne, writes that declining citizen participation in political processes can have a profound impact on those with a chronic disability.

Opinion

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