The Underrated Value of Political Cooperation and Stability

Christian Kvorning Lassen follows up to his previous blog on the future of political culture by comparing the approach of Denmark and the Czech Republic in terms of political cooperation and stability.

  • My previous blog In Search of a New Political Culturefocused on the increasingly toxic political culture of dismantling the legacy of predecessors at all costs rather than fostering a culture of cooperation, and the consequences hereof.
  • To sum it up, if our democracies only revolve around 4 to 8 year vicious election cycles in which ever more extremist and polarizing policies are pursued in order to retain political territory, rather than visionary cooperation with the aim of building an inclusive and cohesive society, then our democracies has manifestly failed.

However, after being granted the Marshall Aid and facing the challenge of how to rebuild and restructure society after the German occupation, Denmark opted for a visionary and very ambitious task: laying the foundations for the world’s largest relative to population welfare state, with all that entails of high taxation and high social and economic security.

Czechs deserve more dignity. They deserve honorable politicians tackling the endemic corruption within the political sphere, so that multipartizan visions across the political spectrum can create a strong, sustainable foundation for the society building that is still to this day essential to the Czech Republic.

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Christian Kvorning Lassen
Deputy Director & Head of Research

Expertise: Migration/European migration crisis, EU foreign policy, Scandinavian politics, populism, EU enlargement policy

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