Nurturing government-citizen dialogue in the Asia-Pacific
News from the Field, 24 February 2012
In parts of the Asia-Pacific region, traditional systems of representative democracy continue to face serious challenges. Citizens in some countries are increasingly disillusioned with their governments -- citing problems of lack of legitimacy, transparency and accountability. There appears to be a deep and widening chasm between the governing and the governed, leading to mutual mistrust and inadequate opportunities for meaningful dialogue, negotiation and collaboration.