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Real Democracy Now! a podcast answers the question: can we do democracy differently? If you're dissatisfied with the current state of democracy but not sure how it could be improved this is the podcast for you. You'll hear from experts and activists as well as everyday people about how democracy works and how it can be improved. Then you get to choose which reforms you think would make the most difference.

Real Democracy Now! a podcast Nivek Thompson

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Real Democracy Now! a podcast answers the question: can we do democracy differently? If you're dissatisfied with the current state of democracy but not sure how it could be improved this is the podcast for you. You'll hear from experts and activists as well as everyday people about how democracy works and how it can be improved. Then you get to choose which reforms you think would make the most difference.

    3.8 New Zealand's Electoral System with Therese Arseneau

    3.8 New Zealand's Electoral System with Therese Arseneau

    I'm speaking with Therese Arseneau about the introduction of a mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system. Therese talks about the background to the referendum which led to the introduction of MMP in New Zealand [1:20], how voters view the impact of MMP [13:20], the reality of MMP and coalition governments [21:20], the impact of MMP on women's representation [28:10], its wider impact [34:00] and Maori representation generally and the impact of MMP [39:30].

    • 45 min
    Electoral systems in Australia with Antony Green

    Electoral systems in Australia with Antony Green

    In this episode, I’m talking with Antony Green about the Australian electoral system and Vote Compass, a tool which allows voters to explore how their views align with the major parties.

    Antony spoke about features of Australia's electoral system, challenges facing the Australian system and about how Vote Compass works.

    • 18 min
    Reforming democracy, democratic legitimacy and majority bonuses with Dr Camille Bedock

    Reforming democracy, democratic legitimacy and majority bonuses with Dr Camille Bedock

    In this episode, I’m talking with Dr Camille Bedock about her book Reforming Democracy: Institutional engineering in Western Europe, 1990 - 2010 and also about her more recent research with Sophie Panel on citizen conceptions of how democratic their democracy is and with Nicolas Sauger on how electoral systems with majority bonuses affect electoral competition.

    • 22 min
    3.5 Electoral Integrity with Pippa Norris

    3.5 Electoral Integrity with Pippa Norris

    In this episode, I am speaking with Professor Pippa Norris about her work on electoral integrity. 

    Pippa talks about
    * key features of electoral integrity
    * factors which support or hinder electoral integrity
    * why the United States is at the bottom of the ‘scoreboard’ amongst Western democracies in regard to electoral integrity and
    * how different electoral systems impact on the representation of minorities and women.

    • 13 min
    Bonus Ep10 Deliberation Culture Context - John Dryzek

    Bonus Ep10 Deliberation Culture Context - John Dryzek

    In this episode, I’m speaking with Professor John Dryzek about his ARC Laureate Fellowship, his reflections on the Conference generally, how we might establish global deliberative processes and directions for future research in this area.

    • 18 min
    Bonus Ep9 Deliberation Culture Context - Quinlan Bowman

    Bonus Ep9 Deliberation Culture Context - Quinlan Bowman

    In this episode, I’m speaking with Dr Quinlan Bowman about his reflections on the Conference Deliberation, Culture and Context.

    Quinlan believes this Conference demonstrates that the field of deliberative democracy continues to develop from its original roots focused mainly western democratic practices.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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SarahN16 ,

Loving this podcast!

I've been circling ideas about democracy for a while now and finding this podcast has been wonderful. Love to the topic flows and the interview style. Inviting, informative, and stimulating - thanks Nivek!

Dion McCurdy ,

Informative and engaging

I am a co-founder of NewVote, a nonpartisan charity working to use technology to enhance democracy. I have found this podcast to be an invaluable resource for my exploration and research of the area. I love the focus on inspiring others to improve democracy. Nivek Thompson has managed to pull in world-class leaders in democracy and her questioning highlights the tensions and grey areas in democractic schools of thoughts incredibly well. This is one awesome podcast. Highly recommend for anyone interested in politics - particularly political science students! I think listening to a few of these episodes should be part of the compulsory course work at university!

Phillo451 ,

Inspiring!

Loving the different perspectives I'm hearing and the podcast is really well put together. Against the sense of loss and sadness of 2016, this is kicking 2017 off to feelings of hope and optimism. Can't help but feel I'm on the start of a journey here!

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