Featured Democracy Resources
Democracy hacked: how technology is destabilising global politics by Martin Moore, 2019
Martin Moore explains how hackers interfere in our democratic processes and why they can do it. He outlines what we need to do to save democracy for the digital age. This is a story about active measures, data mining, the collapse of local news, trolling, surveillance, and you.
Growing pains: the future of democracy (and work) by Gwynne Dyer, 2018
Australian journalist, author, and historian Gwynne Dyer unpacks recent daily realities including Brexit, Trump becoming President, and substantial support for the extreme Right. She asks how these events came about, and what it means for our future.
Follow the leader: democracy and the rise of the strongman by Laura Tingle, 2018
In this essay, Laura Tingle argues that “democratic leaders build a consensus for change, rather than bludgeon the system or turn politics into a popularity contest”. She offers profiles on both Australian and international leaders and discusses the rise of the “strongman”, for whom power trumps all.
The third pillar: how markets and the state leave the community behind by Raghuram Rajan, 2020
This book offers insights into how the economy, society and the state interact, why things break down, and how we can find our way back to a more secure and stable plane.
Elections matter: ten federal elections that shaped Australia by Benjamin T. Jones, Frank Bongiorno and John Uhr (eds), 2018
In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter? This book uses ten Australian examples proving that elections do matter, even when you think they don’t.
On us by Mark Scott, 2019
In a world where every opinion seems to matter equally, this book asks: how do we step outside our own echo chamber to understand others? What are we losing when we share fewer national moments? And why does more information mean less insight?