Weakened functioning of political institutions

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Politics
Policy issue: Political system
Description: Political institutions and parties are unable to respond adequately to the ever-increasing complexity of national and world problems.
Symptoms: Failed presidencies; legislative stalemates over policy; dominance of special interest groups over legislation.
Causes: Heightened expectations combined with a lack of political leadership; major social and technological changes causing a breakdown of traditional political processes.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Universities and research institutes; concerned organizations.
Goal: Reform and improve the operations of the executive and legislative branches to make them more responsive to public need.
Program area: Political development
Program-remedy: 1. Campaign Finance Reform, to reduce need of legislators to rely excessively on special interest groups
2. Improve the government's foresight and early warning system capability
3. Develop a capability for economic planning on the national level, involving cooperation between the private and public sectors.
Program-prevent: Require from the major parties political candidate selection and nominating procedures that will result in highly qualified elected office holders.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Citizens of the United States.

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