Problems with party politics abound, largely driven by the fusion of executive and legislative powers that enforces party discipline. Here’s how to get the public more involved.
Parliament’s failure to live up to its constitutional mandate was noted by the State Capture Commission as having enabled former president Zuma’s regime to corrupt state behaviour with ease.
Unable to change the country’s vulnerability to shifts in the global and regional economy, the new prime minister Matekane has few economic levers to pull.
Forming a pact with the Liberal Democrats would make electoral sense in England – but Keir Starmer does not see it as a risk worth taking.
Victorian Labor has had ample time to reform upper house voting - its failure to do so is a blight on democracy in the state.
The deliberations were characterised by disingenuous, counter-factual policy pronouncements, and de facto denials of the ANC’s culpability in causing many of the current problems facing the country.
Referenda may well have a place in the country’s democracy, but if the form of an electoral system can be referred to a referendum, why not capital punishment, abortion or LGBT rights?
Lesotho has done a good job of curbing the powers of its monarch and making its electoral system inclusive.
The whole idea behind independent candidates is the hope that their inclusion might improve the accountability of parliamentarians to the voters. The bill doesn’t do that.
An election expert breaks down the big questions.
The wave of protests across Canada against vaccine mandates are signs of growing tensions that the federal government doesn’t represent the views of many people. It’s time for election reform.
The new law makes it illegal for ‘foreign’ persons or entities to fundraise or directly spend on electioneering, or to authorise electoral material.
New research offers a new electoral system that can deliver proportionality and even enhance local representation.
The March elections in the Netherlands, and the fact that a government still hasn’t been formed, illustrate both the benefits and problems with proportional representation.
Nigeria must fix its electoral system before the next general elections in 2023.
New research examines how recent federal elections would have been affected if optional preferential voting had been used. The results were not favourable to Labor.
The existing electoral system has attracted extensive criticism for rendering elected representatives unaccountable to those who elected them.
The debate about the U.S. Electoral College pits those who think the president should be chosen via popular vote versus those who believe the interests of small and large states must be balanced.
Laws that have long kept campaigners away from voters at polling places may not work in a world where a T-shirt symbol can be interpreted as campaigning.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most – but voters might split their votes.