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Fixing broken governments

“Democracy is an evolving creature, and it needs to get better with time,” says Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan, Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme at GCSP.

BBC Future wrote an article on ‘Why governments are broken – and how to fix them.’ It highlights the outdatedness of many governments, operating with a late 19th century mentality. But now, in the era of big data, technology, and communication, there is need for a government facelift. BBC Future took up the task of providing this long overdue update by revealing the plans of many countries in their attempt to do this.

One expert consulted and interviewed on this topic is GCSP’s Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan. He comments on the need for democratic governments to adapt with the times, to continue addressing the needs of people to encourage citizen satisfaction. ‘If people’s needs are not addressed,’ Al-Rodhan says, ‘in time, those people will rebel and cause problems, because they have nothing to lose…many people remain disenfranchised due to unacceptable and widening inequality.’ He continues, ‘if someone has an idea, the system must allow that person to realise it.’

The article reads, ‘when designing an ideal government, another key is championing dignity as an essential part of reform, says Al-Rodhan. As he describes in his book Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, this means making sure that human emotion, amorality and egotism never outweigh nine core criteria: reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency, justice, opportunity, innovation and inclusiveness. If some or all of these things are missing, the system will likely perform poorly or fail entirely.’

 

>> BBC Future Article

 

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