Direct Representation

teacher  About DR

What is Direct Representation?

It is a way to fulfill the fundamental principle of a republic: that every voter deserves a voice in government. That voice should be one that the voter prefers most from among a wide range of options. This can only be achieved if voters choose their representatives individually, and if their choice is minimally affected by the choices of others. Direct Representation is designed to meet these criteria.

How does Direct Representation work?

In a Direct Republic:
Voter's perspective:
  In a Direct Republic, you could choose the best among hundreds of candidates, guaranteeing that you will have a powerful voice for your interests. Your vote would always have a real, incremental effect on the legislature. You could re-evaluate your choice and choose another every year at your convenience. A one-year delay would ensure that power flows smoothly and that people think carefully about their decision.

Candidate's perspective:
  Candidates would enter the legislature through targeted campaigns that resemble petition drives, not through vicious, expensive battles against an opponent. Once they have gained enough pledges, they have a guaranteed job for at least a year, and gradually accumulate power.

Legislator's perspective:
  Legislators' power would fluctuate slowly according to their effectiveness and popularity, giving them a degree of real-time feedback on their performance. Rather than ride the roller coaster of election cycles, they would maintain a continuous, low-key, targeted campaign. Their constituents would share common interests, and not be defined by arbitrary boundaries on a map, so they would be easy to represent.

The legislature:
  The legislature as a whole would slowly evolve to match the national interest, rather than change drastically as parties alternately seize control. It would consist of coalitions of several parties that would cooperate on various issues.