February 23, 2015

The power of micro-parties in the Australian Senate is a symptom of an archaic system that needs to be updated, say Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod from the University of Melbourne. 

Opinion
March 19, 2015

The Australian's Paul Kelly wonders how long it will be before we have a public debate in Australia about what he describes as a broken political system.

Opinion
June 1, 2005

A study by Peter Mair for the University of California's Centre for the Study of Democracy shows that in Western European democracies key indicators of the system's health have dropped markedly since the 1990s. 

Academic
August 21, 2006

Stephen Coleman from Oxford University argues traditional forms of liberal democracy are struggling to engage with a digital world dominated by ‘networks’.

Academic
November 18, 2013

Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.

Opinion
December 1, 2013

Harvard University's Peter Hall reviews the book Democratic Decline and Democratic Renewal by Ian Marsh and Raymond Miller.

Academic
February 10, 2014

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. 

Opinion
December 18, 2014

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.

Report
October 9, 2012

Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.

Opinion

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