Oppositionen, regeringens förslag och demokrati

Arbetsförmedlingen ska förbereda för 90-dagarsgarantin för unga. Och kommunerna bjudas in för samtal i frågan.

Det står klart efter morgonens regeringssammanträde.

– Vi har fattat beslut om att avsluta långtidsarbetslösheten för ungdomar, säger statsminister Stefan Löfven (S).

Samtidigt rustar oppositionen för strid – hotar att stoppa åtgärden.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/valaret2014/article19705466.ab

Se där, oppositionen hotar att stoppa åtgärden. Hoppas att det finns ett bättre förslag framtagen och presenteras omgående.

Så står det i EUs riktlinjer för oppositionens roll:

ON THE ROLE OF THE OPPOSITION  IN A DEMOCRATIC PARLIAMENT,

Strasbourg, 15 November 2010, Study no. 497/2008 

25.  The principle of majority rule, reflecting the majority popular will, is a basic formal and legal

criterion of a “democracy”. Within parliament decisions are taken by the majority, and a

parliamentary system of government is characterized by the fact that the government will

usually (though not always) have the support of the majority.13 The opposition is usually in

minority, and the minority as a general rule does not have the competence to adopt decisions.

The function of the opposition is not to rule. Instead the opposition may have other functions.

How these may best be listed is arguable, but among them may be the following:

• To offer political alternatives

• To articulate and promote the interests of their voters (constituents)

• To offer alternatives to the decisions proposed by the government and the

majority representatives

• To improve parliamentary decision-making procedures by ensuring debate,

reflection and contradiction

• To scrutinise the legislative and budgetary proposals of the government

• To supervise and oversee the government and the administration

• To enhance stability, legitimacy, accountability and transparency in the political

processes

26.  The extent to which the opposition in a given parliamentary system is allowed to actually

fulfil these functions can be seen as a sign of the level of democratic maturity. If none of them

are fulfilled, then this will be a sign of a dysfunctional democracy.

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151.  The Venice Commission is of the opinion that there is a certain link between granting the

opposition formal rights, and expecting in return a degree of constructiveness and

responsibility. In systems where the position of the parliamentary opposition rests mainly on

political traditions and conventions (and the implicit self-restraint of the majority), the question of

oppositional legal rights and competences is arguably not so important – since any misuse by

the opposition can be sanctioned by the majority. But to the extent that the opposition (minority)

is given explicit legal rights, then this may arguably also entail certain moral (non-legal)

responsibilities. If for example a quarter of the representatives have the competence to call a

public hearing or set up a parliamentary commission of inquiry, then this should be done only in

important cases where there are real indications of wrongdoing – and not used as a tool for

harassing and obstructing legitimate majority government.

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