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Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson makes a case for why lobbyists benefit democracy.
The University of Melbourne's Glenn Savage argues think tanks are influencing education policy, and we often don't know who's funding them.
In an online forum called Debating Europe, citizens put their views and questions to European Parliament MPs on the impact of lobbying on the political process.
Research by Simon Hix of the London School of Economics has led to changes in how European Parliament members are chosen, their votes recorded, and has impacted the debate on how the President of the European Commission is chosen.
Former Premier of Western Australia Geoff Gallop suggests democracy is like a long distance runner with a heart condition.
John Menadue, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, argues lobbying is a 'serious corruption of good governance'.
The Melbourne School of Government's Helen Sullivan asks whether governments have the capacity to act when the public doesn't trust politicians and politics.
Internet privacy activist Richard Stallman writes in Wired magazine that online surveillance by governments must be reined in if democracy is to survive.
Norway's efforts to cap election spending point to a simple but effective way to reduce the role of money politics on democracy, says Emmett Rensin from Mic.com.
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