Reforming the Policy Process

To counter policy gridlock and partisanship in policy-making a number of proposals have been advanced. These range from ‘increasing’ democracy to allow for greater public input, to 'decreasing democracy’ with critical policy decisions left to experts.

December 15, 2008

Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson makes a case for why lobbyists benefit democracy.

Opinion
July 15, 2015

Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders and ABC Radio National host Jonathan Green in conversation about Australia's federal democracy.

Opinion
December 3, 2015

The Director of the Centre for Social Research, Delhi, Ranjana Kumari, says gender discrimination is holding India back.

Opinion

In an online forum called Debating Europe, citizens put their views and questions to European Parliament MPs on the impact of lobbying on the political process.

Opinion
July 22, 2015

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

Opinion
December 8, 2015

Dr Elizabeth Thurbon from UNSW Australia argues the Australian government is disempowering Australian companies.

Opinion
April 20, 2009

Lee Drutman from the New America Foundation argues that parliamentary systems consistently produce better outcomes than presidential ones.

Academic
August 11, 2015

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

Opinion
December 12, 2015

The Paris climate deal shows multilateralism can work, argues the University of Melbourne's Robyn Eckersley

Opinion

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