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Preston Manning and Andre Turcotte write in The Globe and Mail that Canada's political parties are failing to engage with voters on a range of pressing policy issues.
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.
Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.
Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs argues that the rise of micro-parties in Australia shows dissatisfaction with the major parties.
The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.
David Runciman reflects in the London Review of Books on the 2015 UK national election result, saying majority governments are not tackling long-term problems.
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.
Thorvaldur Gylfason from the University of Iceland outlines how the island nation sought to reshape its Constitution and political system after the GFC.
In a report by Canadian democracy think-tank Samara, outgoing politicians in Canada say democracy can be improved if elected representatives find new ways to engage with citizens.
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