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
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thought provoking & accessible
A much-needed insight into democracy especially new and people-centred types. Very informative and clear. Look forward to following this series further