Political participation


14 Nov 2018

Fresh thinking about civic engagement does not have to be complex. The best approaches go back to the basics, ask the right questions, and focus on the people.


9 Aug 2018

Dominic Kelly investigates the false promise of digital democracy.


12 Mar 2018

This report argues that if the major parties and politicians want to rebuild trust with voters, they will need to change the way they do politics: stop misusing their entitlements, strengthen political donations laws, tighten regulation of lobbyists, and slow the revolving door between political...


26 Feb 2018

Can the big political parties regain a sense of legitimacy, or have the conditions that sustained them come to an end?


1 Sep 2017

More young Australians are enrolled to vote than ever before. But will this have the impact Labor and the Greens expect? Peter Brent explains.


23 Feb 2017

Key findings

Digital democracy is a broad concept and not easy to define. The paper provides a granular approach to help encompass its various activities and methods (our ‘typology of digital democracy’). Many initiatives exist simply as an app, or web page, driven...



9 Nov 2016

This is a transcript of a Skype discussion between Kate Golden and the University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism professors Lucas Graves and Michael Wagner about their recently launched fact-checking site The Observatory.

The discussion centres on the importance of fact checking as a defence of...



21 Jun 2016

The UNSC voting is scheduled for Tuesday 28 June, and three of the five seats are being contested:

Bolivia and Ethiopia are each running uncontested Kazakhstan and Thailand are competing for one Asia–Pacific seat Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden are competing for two seats...

Audio interview


18 May 2016

An election is the ultimate test of any politician, but especially the party leaders. They put themselves on the line having shaped entire careers—and lives—towards the moment when voters make that harsh judgement: are you good enough to lead your nation?

Two of Australia's...


9 May 2016

Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC.

Based on your responses to a brief questionnaire, Vote Compass generates an analysis of how your views compare to the positions of the...


30 Apr 2016

Martin Moore, Senior Research Fellow at King's College London, examines the new and growing phenomenon of global tech giants, their increasing civic power, and what this means for democracies. The study aims to open debate about the role of the tech giants – notably Google,...


5 Apr 2016

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) has commissioned this survey to generate a snapshot of the current state of play and, more importantly, to kickstart a much needed conversation.

Our ndings suggest that there are serious concerns with levels of public trust...


1 Nov 2015

A multitude of government services, civil society initiatives and community engagement projects have

migrated online over the last 15 years. Online tools for engagement (‘civic technologies’ to use sectoral

parlance) have matured and multiplied to enable citizens to communicate with, and receive information...


20 Oct 2015

Democratic reform comes in waves, propelled by technological, economic, political and social developments. There are periods of rapid change, followed by relative quiet.

We are currently in a period of significant political pressure for change to our institutions of democracy and government. With so...


30 Aug 2015

Community action in natural resource governance can provide a pathway for improved decision-making, increased on-ground activity and acceptance of government and industry legitimacy in managing natural resources.

Increasing the role of community in the protection, restoration and management of natural resources is a stated...

Discussion paper

18 Nov 2014

This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public policy and practice, particularly focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by grey literature. The authors argue that grey literature (i.e. material...


12 Nov 2014

This report explores the potential for social media to support efforts to get out the vote.


3 Nov 2014

This paper explores participatory sensing and issues associated with governance in the light of new information gathering capabilities that directly engage citizens in collecting data and providing contextual insight that has the potential to greatly enhance Council operations.

Executive summary

Local government...


1 Oct 2014

Advocating a better way to do democracy, the newDemocracy Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research organisation aiming to identify improvements to our democratic process.


30 Sep 2014

In the flurry of post-election book launches, there’s been much analysis of what’s gone wrong with Australian politics. The newDemocracy Foundation argues that it’s not better politicians we need, but a better democracy. Melanie Christiansen investigates their proposal for citizen’s juries.




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