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International democracy think-tank Freedom House highlights 'disturbing declines' in democratic freedoms globally in its annual 2015 democracy survey.
Richard Cooke from The Monthly unpacks the growing disconnect between citizens and political parties in Australia.
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.
The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.
Former federal government minister and Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne Barry Jones laments the failure of our current system of democracy to tackle 'wicked' policy problems.
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.
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.
Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.
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.
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