Josepha Laroche, Professor of Political Science at the Sorbonne in Paris, explores the relationship between the politician and the expert. She successively looks at the three potential conceptual approaches to modelizing their relationship: the decisionist model, the technocratic model, and the partnership model, with these two actors playing a major role in the latter, acting as fully-fledged partners.
While it is too early to draw any definitive conclusions, we already know that the lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic fall into two broad categories: the financial and economic response that will be required to avoid unacceptable levels of suffering, on the one hand; and the need to adopt a longer-term approach to health costs, on the other.
Policymakr is built on the premise that the reason the Information Age became a challenge for representative democracy was circumstantial, not inevitable. The decentralized, deregulated state of the Internet left the field open to entrepreneurs who were quick to harness it to set up platforms that shared one thing in common: there were for-profit—which Policymakr is not. Thus Facebook is clearly at the heart of this problem. Yet it is aware of that and has stated it will be engaging with potential partners during 2019 to exchange on the subject. We intend to play a full part of that debate.
The question of what would make a good Policymakr project is an important one. The years just before the onslaught of the Information Age provide examples of bipartisan collaboration on difficult subjects that would be inconceivable today. We believe technology can be put to good by selecting Projects that—unlike, say, the debate on Brexit or on the US government shutdown—are suited to constructive, fact-based resolution.
Inaugural editorial from the team at Policymakr, presenting the site as it launches in beta, in a bid to reset Democracy and to reconnect Citizens and Policy Makers.