Democracy and Party Politics: Open Discussion

Here’s the question that bugs me:

“To what extent does the natural tendency toward parties in democratic representational governments lead the practice of government away from true representation of the electorate?”

And following on from that:

“How effective are current practices at mitigating these movements?”

Comments welcome from all sides of the political debate and from all countries.  References to academic material and case studies are also welcome.  Comments will be subject to careful moderation on this subject.


One thought on “Democracy and Party Politics: Open Discussion

  1. Oxford Ball Photographer

    in the uk, I think party politics does hinder sensible stuff getting done. The opposition oppose because that is their job, not because they necessarily disagree. and backbenchers vote with the government because they are told too, and not necessarily because they agree. I think politics would be more representative if every vote was a free vote in parliament.


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