Observations over the last 22 years
Given the current thinking and way it continues to be approached, the election law process and whatever we end up drafting may still not work for us. Candidates, the elected, and the process will probably continue to be shrouded by doubt, marginalize the voices of the crowd, and misrepresent us.
It's 2012 and we continue to hold on to a parliamentary structure that ceased to be effective last century. The beauty of Jordan is that we are not mono-anything. Yet we deny ourselves our multi-everything reality.
Is it possible for a country to speak of dignity and social cohesion, within itself and with the world, while denying its own social colors?
Related: Why do we need a parliament?
Might be of interest in analytically exploring 'representation' and the meaning assigned to constituents when "read off" politically rather than "read into" aesthetically. Can we conceive of a politics of representation that does not perform as "knower" and "protector" of the public good? Is the public good really that "readable" (regardless of whether or not the constituents come to believe that it represents their needs for that too might be an effect of representation)?
Lots to think about in that doc, Deena. Thanks for sharing it.
"Specifically, I will argue the benefits of refocusing our work on representation around what I call ‘the representative claim’ — seeing representation in terms of claims to be representative by a variety of political actors, rather than (as is normally the case) seeing it as an achieved, or potentially achievable, state of affairs as a result of election. We need to move away from the idea that representation is first and foremost a given, factual product of elections, rather than a precarious and curious sort of claim about a dynamic relationship."