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Political power and stability
Posted: 30 May 2006

Politicians effectively make the rules by drafting legislation & floating it in a peer review process, where it is either accepted or rejected (usually for re-work). One of the problems with gov is that it's difficult enough having to live with a four- to five-year election term (especially when long-term decisions need to be made). Inevitably these guys need to make tough decisions and risk bad publicity for the improvement of everyone in general (some times - especially when sustainability is at stake). Allowing the public to vote people out of government on a whim would require some radical changes in legislation and some even more radical changes in thinking. I can't see any politician accepting this as an acceptable job risk. Maybe some special section of government, but not the full scope of government. We would have to make provision for a different government structure that accommodated very short-term and potentially catastrophic change.

Democrats propose to vote someone out of government each month
Dateline: 1 April 2008
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Doug Vining I think the South African government could also benefit from this scheme!
Posted: 1 June 2006 at 09:06
Wolfgang Grulke Just imagine how the behavior of politicians would change if they knew that they ran the risk of getting 'voted off' next month!

I think the British, French, German and Italian governments especially would be better off for it.

This may be highly idealistic, but what a nice thought. I like your idea of limiting the application and risk.
Posted: 1 June 2006 at 08:59
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