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A Whitlam Institute policy conversation: young people and democracy

Whitlam Institute Director, Leanne Smith, and Associate Professor Dr Philippa Collin discuss new research exploring what really matters to young Australians, and their participation in democracy.
Literature review

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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The US-India relationship after Trump: a return to convention?

This paper argues that foreign policy is high on the agenda for the United States and the world will be watching the Biden Administration’s approach to crucial issues, New Delhi being no exception. While there could be differences over some issues, the relationship is likely...
Discussion paper

Politics in Papua New Guinea 2017–20: from O’Neill to Marape

This paper traces the end of Peter O’Neil’s tenure as PNG Prime Minister, and the change of political leadership to James Marape. The paper poses the question: has there been a shift in political style in PNG since 2017?
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Australia's Federation: post-pandemic playbook

This report analyses the effectiveness of the revised approach to Commonwealth-State relations through National Cabinet adopted in the COVID-19 crisis, and actions that should now be taken to lock in its long-term effectiveness.
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Red book, Blue book: an Australian guide to the next US administration

This publication is designed in two sections: Blue Book — what to expect in a Biden administration and Red Book — what to expect in a second term of the Trump administration. Each section is designed to give a robust guide to the major policies...
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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...
Policy report

New strategy, new voices: time to change Victoria’s crisis approach?

This policy brief addresses whether the Victorian government’s communication strategy and crisis team needs a re-think in light of recent experience.
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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...