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Phillip Coggan from The Economist argues Western democracy is under threat from political extremism and voter distrust of major parties.
Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.
Political scientist and former US assistant defence secretary Joseph Nye suggests that current high levels of policy gridlock may not be a bad thing.
Micheal Teter from the University of Utah examines the implications of the policy gridlock that has hampered the past several US Congresses.
James Pfiffner from George Mason University examines the causes for why the US Congress is passing the lowest number of new laws in over 70 years.
Lee Drutman from the New America Foundation argues that parliamentary systems consistently produce better outcomes than presidential ones.
Robert Kaiser, formerly of the Washington Post, argues the US Congress is 'helpless and hopeless'.
Georgetown University's Charles Kupchan argues that globalisation is the root cause of a crisis of governance in the US, Europe and Japan.
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