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It is generally felt around the globe (not just in the USA) that government is simply not working. Why we have lost popular influence/control of the people elected to lead us is a quandary Anastasios addresses n this short but impressive book. In his Introduction he state, ‘Today it is widely accepted that how well any government functions depends on how good citizens are at making their politicians accountable for their actions. Those who accept this notion further affirm that political control of public officials depends on two factors; free and regular elections, and the degree of citizen information. The former allows citizens to discipline politicians who faced with the credible threat of losing office in the next period are compelled to respond to voters' interests, while the latter curbs the opportunities politicians may have to engage in political corruption. These two factors form the framework of how political accountability is exercised in today's democratic states. However, as I will demonstrate in this work, elections and information cannot in any way serve the purpose of effectively controlling and disciplining public officials. The concept of political accountability in an authentically democratic state involves ideas, processes and legal instruments that are entirely absent from the legal frameworks of today's so-called democracies. Contrary to what is widely believed, our understanding of political accountability and the processes we have as citizens in order to perform it are still at a primitive stage. In this piece of work I will present the reasons why the current concept of political accountability is ineffective and suggest practical ways which will allow citizens to control political performance and make their Government do what is right for its people.’
The four areas of question and concern are as follows - The fear of losing public office due to elections, How to effectively control politicians who fear losing their positions, How to effectively control politicians who do not fear losing their positions, and finally, An effective system of political accountability.
After an informative an challenging discussion Anastasios leaves the reader with this comment – ‘As you go away I would like you to remember that as humans are in fact social and political beings, we can never be truly and fully happy unless we live in a fair and just State that treats its members fairly and justly. The key to achieving that is the exercise of political power for the common good of the people.
If our aim is to be governed well it is necessary that we start calling our governments and elected officials into account.’
The first step is to examine how dysfunctional our current government is and then to employ the concepts Anastasios offers. Grady Harp, November 17
I've always thought that politicians actually trust the fact that, as a society, we citizens are unglued from each other. The fact that even when there is a governor that is so tyrannous and "malfunctioning" but still is there a group of citizens that support and love him, is just appalling to me! Yes, of course, it is the majority who eventually votes out tyrants. Or does it?
The reading was pretty insightful. I think that the marketing perspective is genius; if only it could be applied to politics. But then it goes back to having a group of citizens trying to fight a network of corruption already established. Is there really a way for us citizens to fight and overcome the man? Sorry, maybe I am fatalist but I am trying to stay real here. Please take a read of this book, I'm sure you'll like it. It is an eye-opener. It surely is. You will either end with a spark of hope or with a tear of dread.
Ultimately, this book is a work of political theory where Syrianos places specific emphasis on the necessity of accountability for elected officials in order to have a fair and just government. As voters, we should have more power since who we elect should be working for us. However, when they are not held accountable, these elected officials have no reason to fear losing their positions. The writer raises the question as to how we do put that fear into those we vote for and what to do when they are unafraid.
By discussing Athenian democracy from 2500 years ago, Syrianos lays out a detailed argument for what may make governments run more effectively today.
If you are interested in political theory (especially as it relates to UK politics), then you may find this book enlightening.