Thursday 19 January 2017

Gender quotas and public funding of main parties distort democracy

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Pictured at the launch of ‘Women for Election’, on International Women’s Day in 2012, inspiring women to ‘get on the ticket’, were co-founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
Pictured at the launch of ‘Women for Election’, on International Women’s Day in 2012, inspiring women to ‘get on the ticket’, were co-founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

Politics to a certain extent is a cartel. In most countries, there are long-established parties and it is extremely hard for new parties to break into the system. This is especially true in countries that don't have proportional representation.

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In Britain, the likes of UKIP or the Liberal Democrats never get the number of seats their share of the vote would warrant.

Today, it is harder than ever to break into the cartel. That is because of public funding of political parties.

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