Governments and citizens status: it’s complicated
I have been mulling over how to frame my thoughts about the ‘relationship trouble’ between the people and the institutions that govern them. On FutureChallenges, Corina Murafa phrased a very interesting perspective; I, however, disagree with her main proposition: “governments, be they local, regional or national, are no better than […]
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The Ballad of Warm Tap Water
Young Poles do not seek to redefine their relationship with the state. At least not all of them and not fundamentally. As Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said in an interview with the Wprost weekly in late summer 2010: “(…) Editor: But politicians ought to have more ambitions to change […]
LETS: building community resilience through local economies
Governance isn’t the only thing that is being taken into the hands of civil society. In Australia, the entire premise of the market system is also being reworked. If the state reneges on its promise to provide basic services, the opposite effect will happen – people will start taking things […]
Aye and G’day, Ready to Break Away?
From Syria to Tunisia to Scotland, people seem to be taking political processes into their own hands. Are we shifting from a heavy reliance on those who once ruled and held complete power to building governance from the bottom-up? If given the opportunity to do the same, would Australia take […]
The Jan Lokpal Anti-Corruption Bill – the State Vs. the People of India!
69 years since independence and India is still battling against a parasite called corruption. When the people of India voted for democracy, little did they know that six decades later, they will be wrapped in a emotional tug of war with the state and the governance.