6.8 Pressing for Better Government
People need ways of pressing for better government, by saying what they want and then ensuring that politicians deliver it.
to get the best from their politicians, people must understand how they are governed
politicians should serve the people, so it is important how they are appointed
the population needs to be able to tell politicians what it wants
political negotiation needs to be respectful, inclusive, balanced and transparent
politicians need to be held to account so that they serve the people well
there are many ways of persuading people to accept negotiated outcomes
Governance breaks down if negotiations fail, so people resort to ungoverned power and self-protection – as analysed in the next chapter.