• Standing up the the strong men

    Nicholas Farrelly     |      June 14, 2022

    The threat posed by authoritarian states demands a robust response from the world’s democracies and we must not allow their victims to fight on alone.

  • Don’t believe the hype

    Chris Zappone     |      March 11, 2022

    From authoritarian propaganda to virtual reality and non-fungible tokens, reality must increasingly compete with the unreal for attention and credibility.

  • Confronting state fragility and democratic decline

    Anastasia Kapetas     |      October 19, 2021

    The return of strategic competition between states is an established geopolitical trend, but states themselves are getting more fragile, according to the 2021 Fund for Peace Fragile States Index.

  • The gen-Y democracy gap

    Johanna Wyn     |      September 27, 2021

    New research finds there’s democracy gap for young Australian adults, with a distrust of traditional politics but a focus on civic mindedness.

  • Revitalising Australian democracy

    Tom Gerald Daly     |      September 15, 2021

    Today’s “International Day of Democracy” and Joe Biden’s forthcoming Summit for Democracy should prompt a greater focus on renewing Australia’s democratic system.

  • Nurturing the deep roots of democracy

    Hilary Gopnik     |      February 27, 2021

    The widely accepted story that democracy was a brilliant, even miraculous, invention of 5th-century BCE Athens, and that the West is the heir to that moment in time, has obscured the universal hard work that’s required to make democracy work well.

  • Australia needs a civics lesson

    Zareh Ghazarian     |      February 8, 2021

    Although the law will compel them to vote, young people remain ill-equipped to participate in Australian democracy.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Autocracy, democracy, meritocracy

    Mark Nicol     |      December 16, 2020

    A revamped political system based on meritocracy, rather than lumpen authoritarianism or traditional democracy, might be the best way to escape the West’s current political and social malaise.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – The idea of democracy

    Mark Nicol     |      December 10, 2020

    Western liberal democracy has its deep but tangled roots in a host of religious as well as secular traditions, and its apparent decline can only be arrested by a reappreciation of rationality and individual merit.

  • How to keep the lights on in democracies

    Open Forum     |      November 5, 2020

    We need to work together to find ways to keep the light of democracy shining in our countries and all over the world. Because if we don’t, we will indeed face dark days ahead.

  • Doing democracy better

    Open Forum     |      October 15, 2020

    University of Canberra researchers from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance have received a funding boost to monitor “deliberative integrity”, a project which could prove crucial for Australian democracy.

  • Vox Populi

    Fergus Neilson     |      September 25, 2020

    Fergus Neilson analyses a snapshot of opinions on the condition of 21st century democracy and offers some ideas for reform.