Democracy

Alternate Term Label:
Democratic process
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Young people and democracy: a review

Young people’s politics are emerging in a time of significant social, cultural, technological and economic change. As such, this review focuses on Australian young people’s civic and political attitudes and practices in the context of the broader global forces that shape them. This review reports...
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Combined choice: a modern method of democratic decision making

This paper is part of Demos’ work to build a different kind of democracy - an everyday democracy in which people are involved in the democratic process regularly and deeply, not once every few years with an 'X' in a box.
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Youth and satisfaction with democracy

In recent years, there has been extensive debate around attitudes to democracy among younger generations. Yet an absence of rigorous, globally comparative data has hindered the ability to draw firm conclusions. This report takes advantage of the largest-ever global dataset on democratic legitimacy, finding that...
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Defending peaceful assembly and association in the digital age: takedowns, shutdowns, and surveillance

This paper, supported by case studies from regions across the world, aims to provide an overview of the state of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital age and a series of tailored recommendations for various stakeholders.
Policy report

Securing democracy: Australia’s pandemic response in global context

This policy brief places the Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic in global perspective, focusing on how the pandemic has affected the democratic system and assessing how the government’s response complies with democratic standards.
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American views 2020: trust, media and democracy

There is a widening gulf between American aspirations for and assessments of the news media. With each passing benchmark study, the American people render deeper and increasingly polarised judgments about the news media and how well it is fulfilling its role in American democracy.
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Democracy under lockdown: the impact of COVID-19 on the global struggle for freedom

The COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled a crisis for democracy around the world. Based on a survey of 398 journalists, civil society workers, activists, and other experts, as well as research on 192 countries by Freedom House’s global network of analysts, this report provides an in-depth...
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Ancient democracy for an online world

In this article, the authors argue that instead of comparing the internet's lack of accountability unfavourably with the trappings of modern democracy, we should be comparing it with earlier forms of democracy, which were a lot messier. This reframe opens up new possibilities, like opinion...
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Inquiry into the conduct of the 2018 Victorian state election

This report finds that there is much to be proud of in Victoria’s democracy. But there is also room for improvement. The report includes 49 recommendations aimed at enhancing elections in Victoria.
Policy report

Burnt by the digital sun

This report explores how liberal democracies are grappling with addressing threats in the information environment. In addition, it surveys how information operations are influencing modern, great power competition by generating civil discord and friction.