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Trust issues: dealing with distrust in politics

Liberal democracy across the West is under strain. The causes of these democratic challenges are many and complex, but there is a common thread - a decline in political trust. This report outlines four major areas of challenge for policy-makers to focus on to improve...
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Managing the next crisis: twelve principles for dealing with viral uncertainty

Governments and societies continue to face the unforeseen and unprecedented challenges of responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this report, the authors—renowned experts on governance at all levels—step back to understand how governments have operated in developing strategies and programs to address...
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Next25 Recoded: understanding and improving how Australia makes its future

This report is the first output from Recoded, Next25's ongoing research and engagement program that builds the knowledge and support required to drive action that improves how Australia makes its future.
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Australia – a complacent nation

In early 2020, the Institute for Integrated Economic Research - Australia (IIER-A), in partnership with Global Access Partners (GAP), embarked on an 18-month long project to consider Australia’s resilience in the face of a changing world. This politically independent effort involved participants from all sectors...
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Xi dreams of 100 more glorious years for the Party: might China awake?

The Chinese Communist Party is at the peak of its power as it enters its second century. This paper examines its evolution over the last 100 years, before turning to its centenary celebrations in July 2021, with Xi Jinping at the helm.
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Correcting the course: how the Biden Administration should compete for influence in the Indo-Pacific

This paper argues that countries in the Indo-Pacific region are looking to the Biden Administration to finally deliver on the Indo-Pacific 'pivot' that Washington has been promising for a decade.
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The fall of Afghanistan: can the US be trusted any more?

US President, Joe Biden, has blamed the Afghan Government, its security forces, his predecessor Donald Trump, and the US intelligence community for the fall of Afghanistan. In this paper, Lindsay Hughes asks if the US can be trusted in other difficult situations, such as Taiwan?
Policy report

Biodiversity, natural capital and the economy: a policy guide for finance, economic and environment ministers

This report provides the latest findings and policy guidance for G7 and other countries in four key areas: measuring and mainstreaming biodiversity; aligning budgetary and fiscal policy with biodiversity; embedding biodiversity in the financial sector; and improving biodiversity outcomes linked to international trade.
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After Xi: future scenarios for leadership succession in post-Xi Jinping era

After nearly nine years in office, Xi Jinping now stands as the overwhelmingly dominant figure in China’s political system. This paper assesses China’s possible leadership succession scenarios in the coming years and decades.
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Legislative leadership in the time of COVID-19

This report finds that safeguarding democracy and improving government responses to health emergencies requires us to strengthen legislatures. On this basis, it recommends that international donors, civil society groups and governments themselves should focus on five key areas of reform.
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Next25 Navigator social research report 2021

Next25 Navigator is an annual research study that addresses the question - “What future does Australia want and are we on track?” This report covers their social research, which engaged a large, nationally-representative sample of everyday Australians in quantitative and qualitative work across the five...
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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...
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Report of the Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

This report acknowledges the enduring successes of Australian democracy. It is important to also understand the social changes that have posed new challenges to democratic participation and stability. The committee believes that this report demonstrates why Australia’s democratic institutions matter, and why reinvigorating them is...
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Economic and political outlook 2021

2020 was a year of rapid policy development in Australia. It brought twists and turns in decision-making, as governments responded to a crisis that remains with us in 2021, as nations keep working to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication provides valuable analysis to help...
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Political and governance challenges confronting Timor-Leste

This paper looks at the primary challenges that Timor-Leste faces, on both the economic and political fronts.
Discussion paper

Ways to reconcile and heal America

At a critical time in the United States' history, this paper examines how polarised discussions on race, ethnicity, religion, immigration and gender stem from years of income inequality, geographic disparities, systemic racism and the rise of digital technology. The authors also propose policy solutions to...
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Australian Leadership Index: 2020 national survey report

The Australian Leadership Index is a national survey that provides a comprehensive picture of leadership for the greater good in Australia. This report reflects the views of 4,000 Australians surveyed throughout 2020.
Video

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.