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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.
Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Tim Smith, questions whether democracy is still serving its citizens.
A report by Congressional Management Foundation finds that email torrents from citizens are jamming the gears of the US Congress – and the advent of social media will only add to the problem.
The Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Carolyn Evans, says Australian democracy needs more women in politics.
Stephen Coleman from Oxford University argues traditional forms of liberal democracy are struggling to engage with a digital world dominated by ‘networks’.
The Director of the Centre for Social Research, Delhi, Ranjana Kumari, says gender discrimination is holding India back.
Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips from Columbia University argue US state-elected representatives often ignore majority public opinion, opting instead for the party line.
Sydney University's John Keane argues parliamentary democracy is drifting back to 18th Century models.
Harvard University's Peter Hall searches for the source of the recent widespread doubts about the capabilities of representative government.
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