6. Rethinking democracy
Qualitative leap of democracies.

The pacification of the world requires the articulation of political systems that are attentive and responsive to civil and political rights. Without freedom and fairness, no peace is possible. The democratic system, despite its historical weaknesses, seems to be the political system that can secure these rights but only if it is able to make a qualitative leap.

There are pending issues in the review of democracy that require us to break with unhealthy inertia leading to further consider dynamics and mechanisms as the only current possibilities. To not address certain issues in the crisis of legitimacy seems to be eroding the value of democracy. Within these issues, questions about the levels of democracy and internal transparency within political parties and for major political actors in the administrative structure should be addressed. It is also necessary to reflect on the role, mechanisms and interactions of institutions such as the Parliament and the Senate, as well as dialogue between different socio-political actors.

Even knowing that continuous changes in legislation should be not made, the articulation of a democratic state should not stagnate, particularly in relation to a higher quality democracy. The issue of representation is still to be reviewed both with regard to the style of “open lists” and in the process of increasing interaction between citizens on the development of the legislatures. Creating new participatory formats can break the process of political disaffection that is found in certain sectors of society.

Democracies recognise the right to think, to express and to associate freely. However, it is far from the actual realisation of the right of each group to live according to what it thinks, always in a framework of mutual respect for different lifestyles. In democracies, oppressed minorities are often not  able to freely exercise their own cultures.

There is a germ of social conflict and difficulty in cooperation within the systems.

Given the demand for more and better democracy, the possibility of a democratic framework where synchronous, concrete policy proposals should considered, since it is difficult to assume that there is only one form of life that is desirable and convenient for all human beings in any context. Moreover beyond its ineludible procedural aspect, democracy has a substantive dimension that cannot be overlooked, and which contains one of its great values: that of citizenship as a responsible political agent and steward.

Is it viable to consider a democratic framework, with a character-coordinating administration to allow the implementation of various models at thesame time?

What are the most conducive areas for the promotion of political experimentation to facilitate the diversification of proposals that can co-exist?

Who is responsible for encouraging the design of a "free democracy"? What aspects should be considered?

How can we promote and realise the interests of democratic citizenship in order to have a real political responsibility?

What are the common grounds that could be asked of a group that would allow it to develop its view of the world in conjunction with a framework of free democracy?