G!LT Party in Austria to use sortition

This sortition community may be pleased to hear that a new party employing principles of sortition was recently founded by Austrian Comedian Roland Düringer. The new party is called “Meine Stimme GILT” (translates as: “My Vote Counts”) and is now highly likely to get sufficient popular support to run at Austria’s national parliamentary elections in October.

Roland Düringer has puzzled media and pundits by declaring himself not eligible for election, which of course sounds absurd for party system adherents. In fact, however, he is not a candidate and will not accept a mandate. Also, the party has declared that it has absolutely no political program which adds to journalists’ head scratching but is a logical consequence of a commitment to crowdsourcing all future policy proposals and decisions with full neutrality.

Once sufficient supporting signatures have come in from all Austrian federal states, expected to happen at the end of next week, G!LT will allot 50 parliamentary candidates for its election lists from a group of 1,000 vetted volunteers. These volunteers committed to donate most of their salary (anything above 2017 Euros) to social or democratic causes and to represent the General Will in parliament. This will be determined by “Open Democracy“, a multi-stage process mixing elements of several democratic approaches:

  1. Participative democracy — broad public participation during initial opinion and prediction gathering, open for all citizens
  2. Sortition democracy — stratified random sampling for demarchic committees from volunteers vetted by prediction success
  3. Deliberative democracy — demarchic committees will vote after a multi-phase hearing of innovators, the pro and the con side, and deliberation
  4. Anticipatory democracy — all committee decisions will be backed and tracked by falsifiable impact predictions

(Here are the principles of this process in English.)

The party decided to adopt this model for the upcoming elections, over two other competing ones (Liquid Democracy and Sociocracy), after research by a combination of questionnaire and prediction market forecasts drawing on a representative sample of 1,000 Austrians.

Democratic legitimisation will be effected by vote share in general election. Or not, as a 4% hurdle applies.

If there is sufficient interest, I can keep this community posted on new developments and of course on actual election results.


6 Responses

  1. Always interested in ways to break the monopolie of the political parties. To my knowledge Demoex in Sweden was the first (2002) who succeeded to do this for several legislations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoex

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  2. It would be great if you keep us updated


  3. hjh

    Thanks very much for the interesting information. It does seem too complex a program to organise in time for the October election. But nothing ventured, nothing gained!
    Best of luck!


  4. Yes, keep us informed. This looks like a very interesting and brave experiment.


  5. @All -Glad that this is of interest, so I will provide updates following significant events.

    @Paul – Thanks for mentioning Demoex. It is encouraging that the transmission path via an election is demonstrably viable, albeit with a much lower hurdle than Austria’s 4%. However, I see several unfortunate flaws in the Demoex model of direct democracy.

    Do you know of a systematic post-mortem analysis about the lack of Demoex’s further success and their ultimate demise?


  6. Update 20 August:
    In a press conference on Friday, transmitted live by ORF, Austria’s national TV, the new GILT party announced 4,500 supporting signatures. 2,600 is the legal requirement. The budget spent so far amounts to 30.000 Euros.

    Here is the TV recording (in German) which explains the demarchic approach of GILT in detail:

    Here are two overview charts:
    System and transmission into parliament: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwQliau3z9_vc2c0RVNYVDJBaXM
    Committee decision process and timing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwQliau3z9_vM0NFaHNBelAzbTQ


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