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 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
April 25, 2013

The Pew Research Centre highlights how the political opinion and activity among Americans is increasingly being channeled through social media. 

Report
November 10, 2013

British think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research calls for compulsory voting in the UK to reverse low voter turnout among the young and less affluent.

Report
May 31, 2015

George Williams of the University of New South Wales suggests lowering the voting age would better shape the long-term direction of the nation.

Opinion
September 13, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Nicholas Reece warns mainstream parties to beware of populist leadership contenders.
 

Opinion
November 1, 2014

The Asia-Europe Foundation, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and International IDEA examine how citizen movements in Europe and Asia are emerging as alternatives to major political parties.

Report
May 11, 2015

A report from the University of Canberra concludes Australian democracy is ill, but not terminal.

Report
April 1, 2012

The IPU and the UN have produced the Global Parliamentary Report, a comprehensive look at the relations between parliaments and citizens.

Report
September 17, 2015

The breakdown of traditional divisions between public and private spheres creates new demands, but also new opportunities, writes Helen Sullivan of the Melbourne School of Government.

Opinion

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