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Political trust and democracy in times of coronavirus: is Australia still the lucky country?

Public trust as a political resource is particularly important in times of coronavirus. This report presents findings from a survey of a representative sample of 1059 Australians aged between 18 and 75 years. The survey was conducted between May and June 2020 in Australia, Italy...
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How does Australia compare: what makes a leading democracy?

This report compares Australia’s democracy with other nations over four issues: trust, concern about corruption, strength of democratic standards and the depth of liberal values.
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How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy

The health of a liberal democracy can be measured by the quality of its political parties - which aggregate people’s demands, formulate policy choices and supposedly, represent their constituents' interests. This report outlines how those who know the system best would reform and improve it.
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Defining the challenge, making the change

This report examines the problem of declining public trust from the perspective of a representative sample of federal public servants brought together to deliberate on the role they could play in the renewal of Australia’s democratic practice.
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Co-design and deliberative engagement: what works?

The report examines how co-design and deliberative engagements are rapidly changing the way governments around the world grapple with complex public policy problems.