The qualities or otherwise of democracy have been the subject of controversy since ancient Greece. In Australia, the meaning of the term has been one more battleground in the culture wars, over which the Howard Government continues to cast a long shadow.
Australia: The State of Democracy by Marian Sawer, Norman Abjorensen and Phil Larkin from the Democratic Audit of Australia provides a systematic evaluation of Australian state and society in a single volume. What does it find?
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