How do we encourage parties to work together effectively?

(Mofosyne) #1

Here is a question that is a bit more open ended than the other questions to get people thinking about.

How to encourage interparty political party cooperation?

Recently there is a growing share of power for 3rd parties. But often in politics, the optimal solutions for a party to maintain power/grow/survive is to find ways to fight other parties and reduce voter confidence in the other party.

Is this inevitable? Or do we have a way to culturally or structurally encourage a more collaborative and cooperative policy making between parties?

Does this involve ensuring that every party meeting between each party have a representative from another party?

Or does it mean providing shared policy discussion?


Anyway here is my usual plug of Designing Open Democracy, that aims to encourage such discussion.

(Andrew Downing) #2

Sadly, politics is becoming more partisan rather than less.
The move to minor parties, and no longer just as protest votes, is a reflection of this more than it is a measure of minor parties actually being more effective.
I think it’s an effect of a growing cultural separation, driven in large part by a media landscape that is reduced to click bait and sensation, because big media is dying and they can’t afford anything more significant and we’ve inserted shitty show-me-more-of-what-I-liked-rather-than-challenge-me social media into the resultant vacuum.

I really don’t think it’s a lack of democratic process…