The Democratic Deficit : Power And Influence On Canadian Political Executives

1514 Words Oct 17th, 2016 7 Pages
The purpose of this paper is to analyze and assess the arguments and normative framework posited by White in his article “The ‘Centre’ of the Democratic Deficit: Power and Influence in Canadian Political Executives”. Furthermore, the reformative solutions put forth by White will be examined and weighed to determine their viability. White’s argument is that there is no means of identifying the democratic deficit produced by the centralization of power within the top tiers of the executive branch of Canadian government. In order to evaluate White’s argument, it important to understand the definitions central to his argument. White sets out specific terminology to define issues within a democratic framework. He uses the economic terms deficit and debt in order to classify issues (2012, p. 228-229). Issues that can be solved through short term reforms are democratic deficits, and issues that require long term reduction are referred as democratic debts. Despite the economic applications of these terms being linear, it is important to recall that within a political science framework, democracy is always evolving. The normative views of society differ significantly over time, which should be indicative in the standards used to assess democratic deficits and debts (p. 229). The views that are held by executive officials are present in the decisions they make within their power. According to White (2012) the democratic deficit arises in the implementation of these views through…

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