Problem

Contempt for democratic processes

Other Names:
Contempt for parliamentary deliberative procedures
Negation of parliament
Nature:
Parliamentary deliberation is the central process of democracy. Political speeches there can only be heard by a small number even though portions are increasingly broadcast. Considerable resources are expended on making such speeches available in written form form wider study. However very few people read such documents, even when their institutions can afford to subscribe to them. The high proportion of speeches which are repetitious and therefore predictable, lacking in significance, and hence uninteresting, contributes to lack of interest in the process. The situation is exacerbated by the tendency of members of parliament to prefer the use of press releases and interviews to make a point.
Incidence:
In the UK there has been a marked decline in news coverage of parliamentary debates over past decades. In 1993 it was estimated that two of the quality papers had deliberately reduced their coverage by as much as 75% compared with the mid-1980s.
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
26.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST