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The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.
A national survey in Canada by democracy think-tank Samara finds only 55% of voters believe democracy is working well there, down from 75% in 2004.
A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society highlights the growing disconnect between EU and UK citizens and offers a range of ways to boost citizen engagement.
Democracy requires active participation by all citizens, including those with disabilities, writes Catherine Needham of the University of Birmingham.
International democracy think-tank Freedom House highlights 'disturbing declines' in democratic freedoms globally in its annual 2015 democracy survey.
A report by the UK's Electoral Reform Society argues that political parties need to modernise their structures, become less elitist and engage more proactively with citizens.
Mark Triffit from the University of Melbourne asks what has become of political heroes?
David Farrell from University College, Dublin offers a more upbeat assessment of 21st century liberal democracy, saying it is showing signs of adapting to new realities.
Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs argues that the rise of micro-parties in Australia shows dissatisfaction with the major parties.
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