The traditional political party is dying. Can it reinvent itself in a way that matches transformations of society, technology, and personal identity?
Paul Hilder, writing for Open Democracy says:
Is the party over? Will political parties stagger on in name alone? Or can they be renewed – and if so, how?
These questions are not trumpeted from newsstands. But they should be. They are fundamental for anyone who cares about public life.
And he concludes:
Could parties ever die a death? Before its “rose revolution” of late 2003, Georgia had almost as many parties as MPs: a circumstance that led to chaos, paralysis, corruption and the pursuit of narrow interests. Given today’s complexities, we need institutions giving shape to politics, regardless of whether they are called parties, movements or platforms; but we need them to be more responsive than they are today. The challenge is to redesign them into human, friendly places, channelling our collective wisdom rather than our greed, fears and follies.
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