Of the Republic and of citizenship…

There’s no doubt that the turbulence which our Republic is currently going through translates not only into the economic crisis which dislodges our social cohesion a little more every day, but also highlights the greater and greater separation between citizens and representative democracy.
Will we no longer be able to rely on our institutions ? Or should we say that they need to be modernised to take into account the legitimate aspirations of a body of society palpably disorientated by the effects of a crisis from which it can’t see a way out...
For all that, we mustn’t let this situation make us give in to the sirens of easy mergers or of the simplistic rejection of our institutions. In times of uncertainty, demagogues always have an easy time setting themselves up as the guardians of the temple. And we know how that story goes...
Moreover, if it’s hardly conceivable that the street govern public affairs, has it become time to reconsider the crucial link between the citizen and representative democracy for the institutions closest to day-to-day life. Is that even possible during a time where politics has sunk to such lows ?
Absolutely ! On condition that each of us is able to see ourselves in a relationship of confidence towards a representative democracy which has an attentively open ear for making informed decisions. Anything else creates the conditions for defiance and the risk of a disenchantment of the citizen.
It’s a subtle and complex matter of relationship — for democracy as for the management of our organisations.
The authority of the person in charge is increasingly more a question of competence than of status endowed by statute. The link of confidence and credibility between personnel and management is first and foremost a matter of the quality of the relationship : that’s to say knowing at the same time how to give clear and explicit orientation, take oncoming decisions without weakness, and overcome obstacles despite their difficulty, following the example of the evolutions currently occurring in public politics.
If a manager distances himself too far from the preoccupations of staff on the ground in the name of a purely technocratic rationalism, the organisation can only finish up giving rise to an inability to innovate or to be in phase with the needs of the people the organisation serves.
There is something of this nature in this period of heavy swell which we are seeing today.
Let us wager nonetheless that the democracy of which we remain the vigilant contributors will know how to navigate these contrary winds. The associations, as eminent intermediary bodies, will have their word to say in this indispensable clarification of our institutions. Moissons Nouvelles means to play its part.
The President
Francis BOUTEN