What’s the future of government?
A multitude of people worldwide are discontent with their politicians. So how can government become relevant and meet expectations? The World Economic Forum addressed how politicians can respond to rapidly changing conditions and expectations in this short video:
Fairness and a shared vision are other issues of relevance that need to be addressed. And how can for instance governments in the Middle East live up to the expectations of their citizens? Will anything short of delivering the jobs expected be accepted?
Globalisation or nationalism?
Maybe the most important aspect is that government increasingly span national borders. The European Union is a good example where EU law trumps national laws. How do you create value under such circumstances? The people who take decisions in Brussels are not elected. Should they be? At the moment EU elections are just a show since the officials that are elected don’t hold much power. The ones that do, are appointed which is not democratic. Isn’t it ironic that Europe, the cradle of democracy, is now governed by a non democratic institution in Brussels?
Are you content or discontent with your government? Can governments respond rapidly to changing conditions and expectations? Can they operate more effectively? Do the complex, interdependent networks around the world have parts to play? Are you pro public-private partnership? Or do you believe we have to be careful of what we privatize? Will politicians find ways to create value that satisfy voters? Will how we are governed increasingly be done at an international level? Or will national governments and nationalism become more important? Should the European Union have more or less power over their member states? Will nationalism increasingly become a trend in order to counteract globalization? In short, what do you think politicians need to do in order to regain confidence?
Video: The World Economic Forum