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If I ruled the world

Disruptive, revolutionary changes for political parties

By Moises Naim   May 2013

When I speak to university students, I often ask how many of them would want to join me if there was a butterfly endangered in Indonesia, and I was forming an organisation to save it. Inevitably, a few hands go up. Then, I ask how many would want to join me in one of the existing political parties. They all run for the doors.

This may sound trivial but I believe it represents a global trend with serious consequences. Around the world, political parties have had a disastrous couple of…

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