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Delegated democracy combines the advantages of representative, direct and liquid democracy. The citizen can choose between (A) a revocable nominal mandate given to a representative in the parliament, or (B) traditional elections, in the polling booth. This system allows a progressive shift from the current system to the new one. We need to elaborate on the concept through debates. We put in place internet tools and educational kits that prepare the field towards a “soft” revolution.
Belgium (in the testing stage).
Delegated democracy will strengthen democracy everywhere, when applied.
Citizens can send representatives to parliament who are not necessarily proposed by parties. Power is more balanced between parties and CSOs. There is no electoral district: people can vote for foreign candidates.
We want to make it meaningful for a citizen to worry about politics. Through transparency, we make politicians accountable. We’ll start with an interactive and participative database, reflecting politicians’ positions. Once connected with Vote Advice Applications (VAA’s), it becomes popular.
Establishing the delegated democracy needs: a change in the Constitution, some tools that link citizens with the politicians, citizens be aware of this new concept, and who require its implementation. Using our five-year experience with internet tools (VAAs, Political Directory), we implement next generation tools, starting with “PoliticiansOnline” our interactive and participative database. Plugin “Linking celebrities” makes clickable the names of politicians appearing in any webpage.
Citizens feel powerless in a partitocratic system dominated by career politicians who submit the general interest to other lucrative considerations. Stronger involvement of citizens in politics reduces corruption. Abuse of power by politicians, has a negative impact on morality of the whole society.
The concept of delegated democracy needs to be presented to the academic community (political science): first through articles and debates, later on by publishing a book.
We target all voters, especially those familiar with Internet tools.
At this stage we consider Belgium as our laboratory.
Who is working on new models of democracy, that strengthen the personal responsability of both politicians and voters.