Post Party politics: can participation reconnect people and government?
Someone has turned off the people. Just as electricity powers our homes and workspaces, it is the public that power politics and government. Without a good reliable supply of people our institutions stutter and stop working. Much like electric lights in a power cut.
Historically it has been the role of political parties to both represent the people and equally importantly to galvanise society behind specific political agendas. In essence to supply the people upon which our institutions legitimacy and effectiveness depend. On both counts political party’s are currently left wanting.
With no obvious signs that party’s intend to radically reform beyond becoming ever harder to distinguish, what are the other options for reconnecting people and government?
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