How will political parties change under the Neighborhood Legislature?

How will political parties change under the Neighborhood Legislature?

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Today, political parties are little more than massive fundraising and advertising machines. But under the Neighborhood Legislature, campaigns won’t require the hundreds-of-thousands of dollars that they do now. They’ll be grassroots efforts characterized by door-to-door campaigning, town hall meetings, and issue-based deliberation. Political parties will have to adapt accordingly. Rather than focusing on fundraising, they will focus on training candidates and volunteers in effective grassroots strategies, which will include detailed education on the issues relevant to the election.

 

As the financial barriers to political participation are removed, we’ll also see an increase in independent and third-party candidates running for office. This sort of ideological diversification is a good thing for our republic; it makes representation more genuine and reduces partisan gridlock.

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