In response to 'Standard of Compliance' by rhandley, in which he proposes a method of firing politicians before their term is up, I propose a model which may make this more feasible:
It is based on 5 principles
1) The seats in parliament would be given to the highest voted candidates. Rather than one seat per geographic constituency which contains voters who are unrepresented. Seats would be given by absolute numbers of votes. Your representative is the closest match to your views, irrespective of geography. The constituency is based on your ideology rather than where you live.
2) The syndicate is responsible for managing the politician and has the power to remove him/her from office if they are not performing.
3) Voters and companies pay their taxes and political contributions to the syndicate and have the power to change sides at any time.
4) The syndicate employees are paid a premium based on how much tax revenue they bring in, the level of this premium must be a standard percentage across all syndicates. Contributions can only be used for party objectives.
5) All taxes and contributions made by private enterprise must be made public. That way a voter can buy products from companies in line with their ideology. The next killer app will tell you which products come from companies you agree with politically.
So parliament has power over the syndicates and citizens. The syndicate has power over the politicians. And the citizens have power over the syndicates.
Some problems come to mind, ie collusion between parliament and syndicates, a constitutional framework would have to ensure any changes made to the basic operation passes through a referendum first.
A premium based on aggregate tax revenue would make tax cuts an unfavourable topic. Perhaps a premium by head count?
In short, it is still susceptible to lies and propaganda but to a lesser extent. And it depends on competition, parliament needs greater incentives to maintain and enforce strong anti trust regulation of the syndicates. Without a broad diversity of opinion, this would collapse.
But the benefits are that your representative actually represents you, popular ideas which are shunned in the media would gain ground and it brings the dynamics of market forces into government. People will literally be voting with their feet.
Also, can anyone think of a better name for this?
Syndicalist sounds a bit too left wing for my taste.