The Democratic Audit of Australia is now at democraticaudit.org.au.
This page has been archived. It has been left at this URL to ensure the persistence of links that have been made to it from other resources. It may contain broken links and out-of-date information.
Go to the new Audit site.
About the audit
Since 2002 a team at the Australian National University has been engaged in auditing the strengths and weaknesses of Australian democracy.
The Audits have three main aims:
(1) To make a major methodological contribution to the assessment of democracy—particularly through the study of federalism and through incorporating disagreements about ‘democracy’ into the research design;
(2) To provide benchmark data for international comparisons and comparisons over time.(3) To promote public debate over democratic issues by publishing discussion papers and disseminating Audit findings through the media.
In January the Democratic Audit of Australia moved to the School of Social Sciences from the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.
The Audit is led by Professor Marian Sawer. For some of Marian's recent
books go to this
Peter Brent is an Audit Team member and Webmaster. Peter is doing doctoral
research on the history of electoral administration funded by a Linkage
grant with the Electoral Council of Australia (LPO453987 ). His thesis
findings are disseminated through his
International Advisory Committee
Professor David Beetham, Director, Centre for Democratisation Studies, University of Leeds
Dr Helena Catt, Electoral Commissioner, New Zealand
Professor Arend Lijphart, Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
Professor Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Professor Olof Petersson, Co-ordinator, SNS Democratic Audits of Sweden
Professor Stein Ringen, Green College, University of Oxford
Professor Hege Skjeie, Department of Political Science, Oslo University
Professor Stuart Weir, Director, UK Democratic Audit, University of Essex
Academic Advisory Committee
Professor Larissa Behrendt, Director, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney
Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Faculty of Law, The Australian National University
Professor Murray Goot, Department of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
Professor Colin Hughes, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland
Professor Dean Jaensch, School of Political & International Studies, Flinders University
Professor Graham Maddox, School of Social Science, University of New England
Professor Geoff Stokes, School of Social & International Studies, Deakin University
Professor Elaine Thompson, School of Politics and International Relations, University of New South Wales
Professor John Wanna, ANZSOG, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
Professor George Williams, Director, Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales