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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.
The University of Melbourne's Glenn Savage argues think tanks are influencing education policy, and we often don't know who's funding them.
The EU's Transparency Registry provides information on lobbyists and lobbying activities in the European Parliament and Commission.
John Menadue argues lobbyists and rent-seekers are corrupting democracy.
William Scheurerman from the University of Illinois highlights how liberal democracy struggles to keep pace with the current need for rapid decision-making.
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.
Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.
John Menadue, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, argues lobbying is a 'serious corruption of good governance'.
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.
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