National political disintegration
Other Names: Breakdown of national political unity
National political disunity
National political infighting
Nature: Breakdown and fragmentation of the political system may reach the point where it no longer functions adequately. Political disintegration may be initially characterized by factions and political schism, and the formation of many new parties with a small or short-lived following. This may lead to the necessity for coalition or qualified majority government, resulting in severe difficulty in effecting legislation. If society continues to be very divided in its political views and aspirations, the situation may degenerate into anarchy and ultimately revolution and dictatorship. Political disintegration, if it does not culminate in revolution and dictatorship, may lead to national collapse and foreign control.
Claim: When there's a crisis the government acts; when there isn't, the parties fight and nothing gets done. It's a distraction.
Problem Type: C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update 31.01.2000 – 00:00 CET