Democracy

Commentary

11 Sep 2018

With public trust in government at an all-time low, it's time we prioritised political reform and put in place a comprehensive roadmap for effective, long-term change.

Audio presentation

28 Aug 2018

If citizens have open access to data and can shape policy will they have more faith in government and the law?

Journal article

23 Aug 2018

This article examines the primary ways in which algorithmic political communication—organized by automated scripts on social media—may undermine elections in democracies.

Commentary

9 Aug 2018

Dominic Kelly investigates the false promise of digital democracy.

Policy report

31 Jul 2018

The right to religious freedom is not the only fundamental human right. It cannot therefore be absolute, but exists alongside other rights. How different rights and freedom coexist is one of the big questions facing our nation today.

Report

26 Jul 2018

This publication is an edited transcript featuring the remarks made by John Howard at the launch of The Centre for Independent Studies’ Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program on 10 July 2018.

Survey

Power, powerlessness and Australian democracy
25 Jul 2018

This report provides a snapshot of the key findings of a survey conducted in February 2014, in which Ipsos asked a representative sample of Australians to consider various issues regarding Australian democracy and their role in making it work.

Briefing paper

25 Jul 2018

This Democracy 100 brief reports that Australians should rightly be proud of their hard won democratic traditions and freedoms and the achievement of stable government which has delivered social and economic wellbeing for its citizens. However, the findings herein should give all democrats pause for...

Report

25 Jul 2018

Democracy 100: You can make a difference was crafted as an authentic and significant museum public and research program that brought multilateral leaders together to develop content for a Charter for Australian Democracy.

Journal article

17 Jul 2018

This article reviews The General’s Goose: Fiji’s Tale of Contemporary Misadventure , by Robbie Robertson and published by Australian National University (2017).

Commentary

10 Jul 2018

Public trust in government is declining in democracies around the world, particularly among young people. Democratic reform is needed to re-engage disaffected citizens.

Commentary

2 Jul 2018

Have Australian conservatives lost sight of the core features of their own philosophy?

Transcript

Whitlam Oration 2018
5 Jun 2018

The Whitlam Oration has become a respected platform for prominent Australians to provide serious commentary on the contemporary relevance of the Whitlam Legacy and to contribute to public debate. This Oration continues this great tradition.

Research report

4 Jun 2018

This analysis addresses six challenges facing Pacific Island nations - demography; urbanisation; immigration; health and health systems; gender relations; and governance. These challenges have been prioritised over others because, taken together, they have the greatest potential to check the region’s development and undermine its resilience....

Journal article

14 May 2018

What is the nature of the New Zealand market for political lobbying? This article concludes that the question is not whether lobbying should be made more transparent via regulation, but rather how this can best be achieved.

Report

7 May 2018

The wave of civic space constraints – which is unlikely to recede soon – has been the focus of much study and discussion. This report examines how donor governments can effectively support civic space in this challenging environment.

Research report

26 Apr 2018

At a time of growing stress on democracy around the world, Americans generally agree on democratic ideals and values that are important for the United States. But for the most part, they see the country falling well short in living up to these ideals, according...

Briefing paper

25 Apr 2018

This resource argues that the Turnbull Government’s proposal to ban foreign donations and limit political contributions from charities is a flawed and rash proposal that would undermine democracy.

Commentary

4 Apr 2018

The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.

Report

Provided to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel
4 Apr 2018

This report, submitted to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel, aims to explain the fundamental principles underlying the concept of religious liberty, and to explain how the current methods and other proposals to protect this liberty are deficient or fail to achieve their goals.

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