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.

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
April 21, 2015

Research by Simon Hix of the London School of Economics has led to changes in how European Parliament members are chosen, their votes recorded, and has impacted the debate on how the President of the European Commission is chosen.

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
June 25, 2015

The City of Melbourne, members of its People's Panel, and others, discuss how they helped form a $5 billion financial plan.

Opinion
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
April 1, 2015

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

Opinion
February 28, 2013

A citizen-driven, wiki-style collaboration exercise underpinned a major rewrite of Alberta’s social policy and programs which was then funded to the tune of $1 billion by the Canadian province’s government.

Report
July 14, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.

Opinion
November 3, 2015

Is democracy in crisis? Democracy Renewal's Cathy Harper and James Cahill consider evidence in the Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Academic

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