Youth and/or Direct Representation Parties
For those of you who have proportional representation parliaments, a couple suggestions:
1. Youth could create a party of their own, with actual youth MPs.
AFAICT, the percentage of voting age youth (let's say 18-29 years old) in Europe is approx. 10-20%. That's more than the ~5% of the general vote needed to get seats in parliament, even after average voter turnout.
IMHO, it's always better to actually have power yourself than to merely ask those in power to please consider your perspective. In the US, this would be completely impossible (our political system is 99% a first-past-the-post duopoly, at all levels). In the EU, looking from the outside, it seems to me that it's completely feasible, though it'd certainly be hard (and very unusual).
Would the youth reps @ WFD be interested in forming a bona fide political party? Would the CoE or others be able to support such a party?
2. Direct representation could also be a (non-partisan) party.
In short, direct representation is when someone is elected who promises to simply vote how their constituents tell them to (e.g. through a liquid democracy system). It's a way to bootstrap direct/liquid democracy from within a representative democracy.
In the US, it's unfortunately fairly far off (though a couple minor candidates have tried, e.g. +Jeremy Hansen
and Phil Dodds); it's something I intend to create w/ makeyourlaws.org
, but is years/decades in the future even in a best case scenario. We're just starting from a much different place legally; for third parties to be actually viable at all would require a lot of change, so my strategy in the US doesn't depend on using a direct rep party.
In the EU, though… this could be an actual party; somewhat like the +Piratenpartei
in structure, but minus its specific ideology (though of course they could still be influential proxies), and probably with significantly different resulting votes in each jurisdiction (since people will have different preferences).+Joonas Pekkanen
is starting this (for Finland 2015, IIRC). See https://groups.google.com/group/direct-rep
if you're interested in doing this anywhere.
posted @ WFD mailing list: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/coe_wfd/b7p1gfOd0Ig/7ZhYE2BUqZQJ