Renewing Transparency

Reforming campaign finance and tightening lobbying rules are a few of the ideas being suggested to renew transparency in decision-making and restore trust in democracy.

The UK Electoral Commission maintains a database of private campaign donations and public election funding to UK political parties.

Statistics
October 28, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Glenn Savage argues think tanks are influencing education policy, and we often don't know who's funding them.

Opinion

The EU's Transparency Registry provides information on lobbyists and lobbying activities in the European Parliament and Commission.

Statistics
December 16, 2015

John Menadue argues lobbyists and rent-seekers are corrupting democracy.

Opinion
April 21, 2002

William Scheurerman from the University of Illinois highlights how liberal democracy struggles to keep pace with the current need for rapid decision-making.

Academic
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
February 11, 2015

Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.

Opinion
May 18, 2015

John Menadue, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, argues lobbying is a 'serious corruption of good governance'. 

Opinion
February 9, 2015

The Melbourne School of Government's Helen Sullivan asks whether governments have the capacity to act when the public doesn't trust politicians and politics. 

Opinion

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