A few months ago the Melbourne School of Government launched a website called Democracy Renewal which brings together diverse opinions, analysis and statistics from academics, leaders, journalists and citizens from around the world on the state of contemporary liberal democracy. The site aims to contribute to better public understanding and debate about the scope of challenges relating to democracy and why these are occurring.
It is a really fascinating site and contains heaps of debates about big issues that face democracies at present.
Today Democracy Renewal has published a piece I have written on the individualisation of disability services and the degree to which this might help renew democracy. In it I argue that schemes such as the Australian NDIS are highly welcome, although we can’t assume that these will necessarily deliver more choice and control to individuals living with disabilities.