Effective political finance regulation has multiple dividends - it promotes political equality, curbs corruption and enables climate action, writes Joo-Cheong Tham.
In this paper, the authors argue democratic reforms to enhance the influence of ordinary and underpowered citizens over public policy are a necessary component of any strategy to recapture lost electorates and reinforce the foundations of democracy.
This paper outlines reforms for consideration by parliamentarians and the Australian government. Some are well developed and long promised, and require only the political will to implement. Others still require careful consideration and development. Many would have accumulative effects, with reforms in one area making...
State capture occurs when powerful or wealthy interests interfere with decision-making and assume a degree of control over the democratic rule-making process itself. This report breaks down six modes of influence used in State capture.
This is the first paper to be published as part of the Institute for Government/Bennett Institute review of the UK constitution. It looks at the purpose of constitutions, how the UK constitution fulfils that purpose and some of the key problems that have been revealed...
This working paper compiles a number of pieces by participants from a seminar to discuss the federal government’s recently announced intentions to enact new voter ID requirements for federal elections—a proposal that raises questions of constitutionality and broader democratic policy.
The climate crisis is also a crisis for democracy, however, it is possible to renew and re-imagine democracy to achieve a more effective response to the climate crisis.
Regulation of political lobbying is a significant corruption challenge for governments, according to this article, but if done successfully can enhance political equality and improve fairness of government policy-making by increasing transparency in the disclosure of lobbying activities.
The essays in this publication address contemporary developments in public sector financial management in Australia and overseas, changing political processes in Queensland and the Commonwealth, and public governance and administration reform trajectories in Australia and internationally.
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...
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...
This short paper sets out a vision for adult social care as a Universal Basic Service (UBS), with an emphasis on the achievement of social goals.
This publication sets forth strategies and actions that supporters of liberal democracy can implement to halt and reverse democratic backsliding and make democratic institutions work more effectively for citizens. The strategies are deeply rooted in the evidence: what the scholarship and practice of democracy teach...
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.
In Australia, trust in government is at an all-time low. The are many causes of declining trust. Globalisation and cultural anxiety are part of the story, as is the changing media landscape. But the actions and inactions of politicians are also part of the problem...
This paper examines the political and government systems in East Asia in the wider context of the growth of populism worldwide. It argues that the countries of the region should seek multilateral solutions to global and regional problems.
This research by Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) aims to develop a set of principles for a healthy democracy. It is a summary of the issues facing Australian democracy today that ACF’s internal and external stakeholders have identified as being the most important.
Over the past four years UC-IGPA and MoAD have conducted a range of quantitative surveys with the Social Research Institute at Ipsos on the relationship between trust in the political system and attitudes towards democracy. This report updates our findings from 2014 and 2016.
We are witnessing a growing trust divide in Australia which has increased in scope and intensity since 2007. The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide a general understanding of how other democracies are seeking to bridge the trust divide.