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Attila Ágh from Corvinus University of Budapest examines the status of the democracies that emerged in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse in 1989.
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.
Former US Congress staffer Donald Wolfensberger points to arguments that policy gridlock shows democracy is working.
Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne argues that major dysfunctions in our political system are stripping politicians of their ability to lead.
Mark Beeson from the University of Western Australia argues dysfunctional democracies are the new political normal across much of the world.
University of Wollongong's Gregory Melleuish argues Australia's recent Prime Ministers have lacked the calibre to hold off their intra-party rivals.
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