No. 11




Democratic decision-making models – a cure for alienation

  • Andres Siplane

    Andres Siplane

    Chief Specialist, Department of Sanctions and Strategic Export Control, Ministry of Foreign

In a situation where all democracies are suffering from alienation, lack of trust and low electoral turnout, it is natural that people are looking for new democratic instruments or reviving old ones.

Despite the complexity of society, even now there is a striving for direct democratic ideals, which means that ordinary citizens are participating in decision-making to the maximum degree. At the same time, critics of direct democracy stress that the prerequisite of decision-making is a political education and unfortunately people today are not able to be competent in all areas at the same time. The article points to the fact that actually the question is not about any system – democracy, corporate democracy or representative democracy – having an absolute advantage, but about the users of these models. If citizens are to have their own state and take it seriously, then various decision-making models and methods must be used to achieve that goal.

Full article in Estonian