(No choice; 01-03; p.4)
Perhaps this way the "tiredness" with
politicians and parties which by now can be assumed as being a
constant phenomenon in Germany may be overcome, too. Imagine,
the so called "Sunday's question" was no longer: "Which
party do you think of as being most competent in the area of ...?",
but: "Which candidate of your district do you think of being
the most competent in the area of ...?".
- As has been stated, parties shall not become meaningless; they
are needed e.g. to make possible a functional division of labour:
it is impossible for any MP to master all the topics which he
has to decide upon. The renewed Sunday's question therefore may
be amended by: "Does the opinion of the candidate converge
with the one of a party and if so, which party?".
Thus, re-engineering of the election system
towards relative majority votes in the respective election districts
will be a better means to avoid losses of efficiency because of
"buddy-economy" and proportional representation (of
organised groups mainly) as well as decisions according to party
lines. Better at least than e.g. reductions in parliamentary seats
or even of whole Länder - recently, the Bundesrat has come under
suspicion once more for his latest decisions.
Moreover, such an election system would be closer to the ideal
of democratic representation and would not create a greater distance
to it as the measures just mentioned would do.
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