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Adrian Little from the University of Melbourne and Michael Crozier from Murdoch Univerisity argue the growing complexity of society makes it harder for traditional political parties to gain support.
Columnist Tim Dick in The Age blames the poor state of political leadership in Australia for the likely failure of major tax reform.
Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve system, Alan Blinder, argues that important areas of policy-making need to quarantined from day-to-day politicking.
Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips from Columbia University argue US state-elected representatives often ignore majority public opinion, opting instead for the party line.
Robert Kaiser, formerly of the Washington Post, argues the US Congress is 'helpless and hopeless'.
Australia should take lessons from the British experience and have a truly independent Speaker, argues Ryan Goss from the ANU.
Book extract: Andrew Leigh, the Assistant Federal Shadow Treasurer and Member for Fraser, shows how luck can change the course of political events.
Political scientist and former US assistant defence secretary Joseph Nye suggests that current high levels of policy gridlock may not be a bad thing.
The New York Times reviews how and why 2014 mid-term elections in the US resulted in the lowest voter turnout in seven decades.
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