A recent poll by the Lowy Institute suggests many young Australians are ambivalent about the virtues of democracy, while leading democracy scholar John Keane warns that democracy has reached a ‘tipping point’ similar to the 1930s.
Three political thinkers give us their perspectives on the changing nature of the Democratic tradition and where it might be heading.
Greg Melleuish, Associate Professor of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong.
Tim Soutphommasane, University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Presenter of RN’s Mongrel Nation series and newly appointed Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner.
John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Director of the OnDemocracy.org initiative and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.
Lowy Institute Poll on democracy and young people’s perceptions (http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2013/06/26/Gen-Y-and-democracy-whats-going-on.aspx)
Greg Melleuish’s profile (http://lha.uow.edu.au/arts/histpol/staff/UOW018770.html)
Tim Soutphommasane’s website (http://www.soutphommasane.com.au/)
John Keane’s website (http://johnkeane.net/)
RN’s Mongrel Nation series (http://abc.net.au/radionational/programs/mongrelnation/)