Book Review: Reflections on Democracy and Deliberation in Australia – Australia The State of Democracy
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 250-251, 2010
6 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010 Last revised: 2 Mar 2011
Date Written: November 25, 2010
A few years ago, the convenors of the Australian National University’s Democratic Audit asked scholars of politics and of law to report on democracy in this country. The result is Australia: The State of Democracy. Not an edited collection but an ‘audit’, the book’s three authors have synthesised contributors’ reports into a single volume in order to diagnose the ‘health’ of Australian political life. The result is a revealing fullbody scan of the body politic and the institutions sustaining it.
In this article's review of the book, the focus is on the quality of political deliberation in Australia.
Keywords: Australia, Democracy, Citizens, Assemblies, Deliberation, Elections, Rhetoric, Democratic, Audit
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