25 Ordinary Citizens Write Iceland’s New Constitution With Help From Social Media The newest government in the world was designed with help from comments on the internet. God help us all. After Iceland’s economic collapse in 2008, the island nation decided it was time to write a new constitution, this one not based on its parent country of Denmark but rather made from the original ideas of its citizens. Iceland’s small population of 320,000 elected 25 assembly members from 522 ordinary candidates (including lawyers, political science professors, journalists, and many other professions), who in turn opened their process up to the public in an unprecedented fashion. The Constitutional Council was highly active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, where they solicited comments and suggestions for the new government. From the elections to the website, Iceland has gone to great length to make their citizens feel involved and enabled by the process of writing the new constitution. The lessons we are to learn from Iceland’s new constitution, then, are a mixed bag.
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Lobbying Transparency - Home Δημοσια, Ανοικτά Δεδομένα Handy Latin Phrases Quangos Full print version, including charts and tables ( Since it was coined in the 1970s, ‘quango’ has become a highly emotive term. For many it is a byword for wasteful bureaucracy, patronage and lack of democratic accountability. It is no surprise that politicians from all sides have regularly called for reductions in their number, expenditure and influence. However, achieving this in practice has proved difficult. How many quangos are there? Quango is not an official term and establishing how many there are depends on the definition used. There are 766 NDPBs sponsored by the UK GovernmentThe number has been falling: there were 790 in 2008 and 827 in 2007. However, estimates vary based on the definition used. The Taxpayers’ Alliance lists 957 ‘semi-autonomous public bodies’ under the remit of the UK Government which it estimates employ 700,000 staff, receive Government funding of £82 billion and spend over £120 billion. The case against quangos WHAT IS A QUANGO? Difficulties in practice