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.

June 10, 2015

Two new apps allow a public servant or a citizen to live stream public meetings, writes Northeastern University's James Toscano.

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
August 21, 2006

Stephen Coleman from Oxford University argues traditional forms of liberal democracy are struggling to engage with a digital world dominated by ‘networks’.

Academic
November 6, 2013

Ivor Crewe from Oxford University concludes governments get policy wrong because they're disconnected from citizens and other key stakeholders. 

Opinion
July 13, 2015

Former Victorian Premier John Brumby suggests some ways to 'fix' politics and its 'wicked' problems.

Opinion
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

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