Global Trends in Democracy: Background, U.S. Policy, and Issues for Congress: A worthwhile reference

Readers of this blog may be interested in this recent exploration (pdf) of global trends in democracy for the US Congress.

A good link on new ideas for ‘democracy’

Apologies if this has appeared before, but there is a very good article from a French site about new ideas for Democracy, including some we would recognise here

http://www.booksandideas.net/Democracy-Bridging-the.html?lang=fr

Criteria for a “good” legislative system?

I’d like to pose a question to everyone in this forum – what are your preferred criteria for a “good” legislative system?

Representation and Children

This is slightly off-topic, but there was a huge discussion earlier on this list on the enfranchisement of children. There’s a new paper out co-authored by Kleroterian Ethan Leib on the topic of representation and children. It’s entitled “Fiduciary Representation and Deliberative Engagement with Children,” it’s appearing in the Journal of Political Philosophy, and it can be found online here–

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9760.2011.00398.x/abstract

Launch of Newid, the Demarchy party for Wales

The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew, And leaves us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy!

It would be fair to say that the launch did not go according to plan. This was largely due to Rhodri Morgan moving his farewell press conference to the same time as ours. But the Tories ran a spoiler where the only AM from an ethnic minority, Mohammed Asghar, suddenly switched to the Tories without a moment’s hesitation despite having been elected on the Plaid list.

So, in summary, we were totally drowned out of the news media but a few of us did meet and I ended up on the BBC Radio Wales lunchtime phone-in where they let me talk about demarchy for an hour. As a result, we now have people wanting to be candidates in the Cynon Valley and in Meirionnydd despite me forgetting to mention the website address. Every cloud and all that!

You can hear the coverage at this link until next Tuesday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p4z2s/The_Radio_Wales_PhoneIn_08_12_2009/

We live and learn. I will not try a frontal assault next time.

All the best,

Martin