Reform, Paralysis or Disruption? The Catch-22 Haunting Global Politics

Reform, Paralysis or Disruption? The Catch-22 Haunting Global Politics
French presidential candidates at a debate, Paris, April 4, 2017 (Sipa via AP).

In picking a topic for this week’s column, I decided to write about an institution that is deeply embedded in the structure of daily life as we know it. Yet it is deeply flawed, in ways that many observers from across the political spectrum have acknowledged for quite some time: It is bloated, sclerotic, overly bureaucratic and inadequately representative of society’s less privileged. Worse still, it is detached from the everyday life of those under its watch and paralyzed by seemingly insurmountable political divisions. Similarly, there is a general consensus on the necessary reforms that would make this institution more […]

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