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  1. The Unlock Democracy Council elections: an apology and a proposal « Strange Thoughts

    […] I am not sure that I am the right person to staff drafting constitutional amendments for an organisation I am only marginally involved with, but it did make me think about the shape that the arrangements for internal elections should take in membership organisations more generally. I’ve written up the product of that thinking in the following post on this blog; ‘10 principles for the management of internal elections in membership organisations’. […]

  2. gwenhwyfaer
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    I’d add one more: Collapse poll hierarchies. Rather than have elections to choose which candidates stand and then another election to choose from those candidates, let as many people stand as possible and then have a single election.

  3. Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #282

    […] 10 principles for the management of internal elections in membership organisations by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts. “In this post I am proposing some principles on which I […]

  4. Mark Pack
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    That’s a good list Andy.

    The one I have some significant doubts about is #4. I know it’s very common to say ‘no personal criticism’ and that banning it means you avoid getting into very personal exchanges.

    The risk is that if there is a candidate with significant personal issues – such as being lazy and incompetent – then what the rules are saying is ‘this isn’t allowed to be a factor in the contest’.

  5. Andy Strange
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    gwenhwyfaer: I haven’t come across that issue — but I agree that it sounds like bad practice. A simple open contest is what is needed in most cases.

    Mark: Thanks. I thought #4 would be more controversial. Remember I am talking about internal elections here. I mostly have in mind voluntary sector organisations, charities and campaigning groups. There is the risk of not preventing the election of a lazy or incompetent candidate — although it is possible to find ways to deal with this without the need for direct personal criticism — but that has to be weighed against the risk of an election contest descending into personal acrimony. Something which could be very damaging for a small organisation.

  6. Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #283

    […] 10 principles for the management of internal elections in membership organisations by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts. “In this post I am proposing some principles on which I […]

  7. Top of the Blogs squared « Strange Thoughts

    […] days and have not been paying much attention to this blog — but I’ve just noticed that this post has appeared in Liberal Democrat Voice’s Top of the Blogs feature two weeks running – […]

  8. The “Carrigan-Pack” motion passes at the Unlock Democracy AGM « Strange Thoughts

    […] See also ‘10 principles for the management of internal elections in membership organisations‘ […]

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