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. How can, for instance, governments in the Middle East live up to the expectations of their citizens? Or will elected officials in the United states and Europe be able to satisfy their electorates? Will anything short of delivering what’s expected be accepted? Considering that extremists of all kinds are getting increasingly popular on a global scale is it time to make sure governments address the widening gap between rich and poor? If they don’t, democracy will suffer, as it already is in countries where extremists hold the balance of power. Or worse, are in power.
America is still the only superpower. An interesting article in The Washington Post looks at if it’s time to redefine US politics like Reagan did thirty years ago. Needless to say the direction today has to be very different since the young are against the system that Reagan implemented. What’s interesting is that if US politics are redefined it will have an impact on the world and the world economy. After writing this I came across another article by David Ignatius in the same paper that states: “We’re grappling with the same issue facing all advanced economies — how to revive growth and distribute its fruits more fairly. A United States that can tackle that problem head-on can perhaps help revive a stagnant global economy”.
Globalisation or nationalism?
Another 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 have 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? Or politicians, generally speaking? 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? 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? Is it time for the world to redefine how politics works? If not, will democracy suffer? In short, what do you think politicians need to do in order to regain confidence?
Video: The World Economic Forum – Picture: Alex Hanson