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Democratic reform

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Book

Politics, policy and public administration in theory and practice

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.
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...
Report

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...
Report

Ownership in social care: why does it matter and what can be done

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.
Guide

The democracy playbook: preventing and reversing democratic backsliding

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...
Submission

Grattan Institute submission to inquiry into nationhood, national identity, and democracy

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...
Report

How Australian federal politicians would like to reform their democracy

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.
Report

Governance, leadership and legitimacy in East Asia

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.
Working paper

Building a healthy democracy

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.
Briefing paper

Local government role and autonomy

This paper continues the conversation about localism in New Zealand, and considers the degree of autonomy from central government that local government has in undertaking its role.