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open politics principles

The open politics principles can be used as a checklist or as guidelines to assess "how open" a given political process is.

Open politics principles are each represented by one or more questions:

inclusive:

  • may anyone contribute to the process at the most open level, i.e. allow anonymous comments?
  • where membership or commitment is required, is it non-exclusive, i.e. could any interested person join?
  • what barriers to participation are inherent in the organization or the process?

convenient:

  • do participants have the value of their time respected?
  • is the process well organized and easy to learn?

collaborative:

diverse:

question-driven:

  • are questions from participants systematically gathered and shared.
  • are the responses to questions shared?

accountable:

effective:

  • does the process reflect actual positionss expressed in public discourse? e.g. those expressed in major media, or on call-in radio programs).

transparent:

  • are the decision making processes documented?
  • does the group apply the best practice of any member any meeting?
  • are all minutes and process documents available and conveniently accessible?
  • is it easy to learn who does what? Do organization charts exist and are roles appropriately defined?

reflexive:

playful:


Closely related issues: open party, open campaign, efficient politics, postmodern politics, cognitive politics, politics as usual, appropriate privacy for political organizations.