Alex Himelfarb suggests we can’t export democracy if our own democracy is lacking.
This is partly about electoral reform, as hard as that has proved, and partly about institutional reform and we have seen some of the first modest stirrings across partisan lines. It is partly about new tools, new technologies that create new possibilities for engagement, open government and networks of state and non-state actors. It is also about greater civic and social equality without which democracy cannot flourish. And it is about leadership across all sectors. If we are looking for the next big national project, why not revitalising our democracy. What could be more important – and more difficult? Export democracy? Maybe. Renew our own democracy? For sure.
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