Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Is The Authoritarian Model of Political Parties Collapsing?

I try not to comment too often on the disfunctionality of Canadian political leadership processes. Lately there have been almost too many stories of backbench MPs having their careers destroyed for the merest peep of independent thought -- the latest here features Alberta MLA Raj Sherman. Yet the public demand -- as in BC's recall and referendum fervour and Quebec's petition against Premier Charest -- for everyone, including MPs, to be made more accountable to the voters becomes ever stronger.

Can this last? Well, yes, probably it can. But it might not....

Meanwhile, here's a real leadmine on this subject from Britain -- though the phrase "party leadership is a leasehold, not a freehold" is charming. H/t Stephen MacLean.
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