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.

April 17, 2012

Marc Abrahams highlights in The Guardian how selecting elected representatives randomly rather than through political party systems could make democracies work better.

News
October 29, 2015

Erika Feller, Former Assistant High Commissioner of the UNHCR, argues mass migration will be a significant litmus test of the strength and resilience of our democratic systems. 

Opinion
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
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
December 1, 1999

Ever heard of the World Commission on Dams or the Roll Back Malaria initiative? This article in Foreign Policy highlights how complex challenges are being tackled.

Academic
November 27, 2015

Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Tim Smith, questions whether democracy is still serving its citizens.

Opinion
February 23, 2015

The power of micro-parties in the Australian Senate is a symptom of an archaic system that needs to be updated, say Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod from the University of Melbourne. 

Opinion
July 13, 2015

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

Opinion
November 30, 2015

Elected officials welcome ways to inject the voices of citizens into deliberative bodies, argues the ANU's Carolyn Hendriks.

Opinion

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