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Anthony Zurcher in a blog for the BBC reviews the burgeoning infuence of campaign finance in deciding the result of the 2014 US Congressional elections.
Sydney University's John Keane argues parliamentary democracy is drifting back to 18th Century models.
David Skelton argues in The New Statesman that rule of the people has been replaced by rule of technocrats.
Former US Congressman Lee Hamilton ponders the pros and cons of using direct democracy to reinvigorate the American political system.
Nancy Rosenblum of Harvard University calls for greater political imagination and sense of agency to address democracy's failings.
A review of Frank Vibert's book, Rise of the Unelected, which looks at the ever-expanding role of non-elected experts and technocrats in making major policy in liberal democracies.
Andrew Reeves of Washington University in St Louis reviews The Unheavenly Chorus, a study on political participation and socio-economic status.
Samuel Jones from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance says the EU needs tougher rules on political donations if it is to regain citizen trust.
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