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Former US Congressman Lee Hamilton ponders the pros and cons of using direct democracy to reinvigorate the American political system.
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.
Helen Dickinson, at the University of Melbourne, writes that declining citizen participation in political processes can have a profound impact on those with a chronic disability.
The Pew Research Centre highlights how the political opinion and activity among Americans is increasingly being channeled through social media.
A report from the University of Canberra concludes Australian democracy is ill, but not terminal.
Professor Mark Considine, Dean of Arts, at the University of Melbourne argues it's time for a sustained evaluation of why confidence in democracy seems to be in decline.
Tim Flannery and Catriona Wallace argue in The Monthly that online citizen forums to discuss and decide on policy is the answer to fixing democracy.
A new social media tool called Countable allows US citizens to review government proposals and say whether they support it.
South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill argues democracy isn't in crisis, but the public need to be more involved in solutions.
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