The UNESCO Chair for Dialogue at the University of Kufa held an electronic lecture entitled “Political Participation in Iraq: An Analytical Vision.” on Wednesday, 5/13/2020. The lecture was presented by lecturer Hassan Al-Asadi, from the College of Political Science at the University of Kufa.
The lecturer dealt with the definition of political participation, which is the process of community involvement in political activity with the aim of influencing decision-making. He mentioned that it is one of the most important problems facing developing societies and that political participation affects and is affected by the nature of the political system as well as by the nature of the political community. Al-Asadi expressed that the type or extent of political participation can be classified at four levels. The first level is participation in elections, which is provided by democratic systems, and the second level is to contribute to criticizing the political decision without affecting it through the various media, which is provided by semi-authoritarian and level systems The third is the ineffective participation that takes place within the community without going out into the public, and the last level is the negative participation, that is, the process of using violence, both in order to reach the political goal.
The lecturer explained in detail that during the political history of Iraq from 1958 to the present, the Iraqis practiced these four levels. Al-Asadi concluded that Iraq today stands at a crossroads, as the scenario of the future can see progress and a return to political participation through elections or continue to retreat to witness waves of violence greater than the current, and this depends on many determinants, including the behavior of political forces, the influence of the media and the performance of the government newly formed.
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