Democracy

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Democratic process
Report

Review into the Future of Local Government: interim report

This report is the beginning of a conversation on how New Zealand’s system of local democracy and governance will need to evolve over the next 30 years.
Report

2021 Strategic foresight report: the EU’s capacity and freedom to act

This report presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on important trends affecting the EU’s capacity and freedom to act in the coming decades, including: climate change and other environmental challenges, digital hyper-connectivity and technological transformations, pressure on democracy and values, as well as shifts in...
Policy report

Hate speech against women: addressing a democratic crisis

Public discussion of speech expressing contempt for women has intensified in Australia in recent times. This policy brief provides an overview of this pressing policy challenge, focussing on how such speech represents a crisis of democracy through its silencing of women and limiting of their...
Discussion paper

The psychology of populism: tribal challenges to liberal democracy

The rise of both left-wing and right-wing populism presents a serious challenge for liberal democracies. This paper explores the psychological needs that populism exploits, and the reasons it so easily attracts followers.
Policy report

Influence for hire: the Asia-Pacific’s online shadow economy

This report examines the Asia–Pacific regional influence-for-hire marketplace using case studies of online manipulation in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.
Briefing paper

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parliament

This e-brief outlines how Australian parliaments adapted in a fast-moving and uncertain environment, focusing on the NSW Parliament. It also examines the implications for parliamentary democracy from parliament operating in its diminished form and from the government’s legislative response to the crisis.
Report

Cancelling the culture: Critical Theory and the chasm of incoherence

This report looks at key philosophical and ideological issues underlying cancel culture and examines the flawed foundations upon which Critical Theory rests. The report also sets out some key principles to guide responses to critics who insist that Australia — a country we know exemplifies...
Report

States, corporations, individuals and machines

The balances of power between states and corporations, corporations and citizens, and the social contract between states and their citizens is in constant flux online. This paper explores proposed settlements on the balance of power and what they mean for the future of the web.
Report

Good foundations: why democracies should care about the wiring of the Internet

This paper explains what protocols are - how they work, why they matter and how they are governed. It explores the implications of this approach and urges a closer relationship between the architects of Internet protocols and those responsible for the publics they affect.
Report

From crisis to reform: a call to strengthen America’s battered democracy

This paper argues that a unique opportunity currently exists for the United States, when Americans are publicly engaged after a contentious election, and a new presidential administration attempts to chart a better course. The author suggests Americans need to seize this moment and move beyond...