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To achieve a balanced negotiation, all the different points of view have to be weighed – including the views of the 'silent majority' of people who did not initially raise an issue, and the views of minorities who are not represented in the decision-making process. Several factors can contribute to achieving balance:
· The negotiations must be conducted at the appropriate level of subsidiarity (6.6.2).
· The impact of a decision can be weighted in relation to the number of people involved and the importance of the issue to them.
· Consultation, with everyone affected by a decision, can be used to counterbalance the pressures put on politicians by people with specific interests (188.8.131.52).
· Individual politicians who have received donations can be barred from sitting on decision-making committees related to the donor’s activities. This would avoid a conflict of interests and reduce the impact of money on politics.
· Independent assessments can be made of the future consequences of a decision, to deflect leaders from choosing short-term populism.
It is not suggested here that the balancing process can be reduced to mathematical formulae. The main requirement is to ensure that everyone affected has been adequately represented.