Subscriber • Opinion

Population size and democracy: small can be beautiful

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
August 11 2021 - 7:25pm
The ACT has a small population - but so does Tasmania. Picture: Shutterstock

The current lively debate about territory rights is a good starting point for a broader discussion about the relationship between democratic rights and population size. Is there an ideal population size for a working democracy?

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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