Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An argument for transparency

The blogger "CareTaker" posted this on AfricaLoft.

Would your students agree with the thesis? How about Imnakoya's argument Nigeria: can we Wiki our elected officials? referred to at the end of CareTaker's post?

On Legislators’ Pay and Performance

"Daily Trust, Nigeria, takes a look at Nigerian legislators wondering if they are worthy of their pay: 'The two chambers of the National Assembly have little to show as achievements in the over two years since they were sworn-in. Presently, several bills, including the 2009 budget, still await endorsement by the legislators.'...

"And to expect the electoral reform committee to solve 'the performance issue' — as the newspaper has suggested — is to be in denial or just naive...

"Rather than looking at some VIP to proffer solutions that won’t work, why not empower those that have the answers and matter most — the people, the electorate — make the call? Are we not in a democracy?

"What I’m saying is give the people the means to assess — systematically and with little bias — the performance of their legislators. This is how to be empowered. This is how to nurture the electorate to face its responsibilities in a democratic setting...

"The more I look at this, the more it looks like the scorecard proposal that’s being discussing here."

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