Faced with the general feeling of political indifference to citizenship, the diminished level of confidence in political representatives, and the heightened perception that there is incompetence among representative institutions, even parliaments of established democracies, over the last decade, have had to pay more attention to strengthening parliaments and democracy and raising the awareness of the general public about the pivotal functions of parliaments.
The established practices and protocols through which parliamentary processes will be communicated in a clear and comprehensive manner to the general public and the protocols through which different publics can participate in democratic processes are critical to this mission.
Therefore, RESIS experts in the framework of the project "Supporting the Macedonian Parliamentary Reform" - organized by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, funded by the United Kingdom Government, conducted the Assessment of Communication Processes and Public Information Practices of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.
The purpose of the Assessment is to determine whether and how the established public information and participation systems of the general public operate in this key democratic institution. The analysis is made on two levels:
First, at the operational level, it identifies the "bottlenecks" in the existing organization of communication cycles aimed at the general public and the media; and
Second, at the structural and strategic level, it identifies the elements that hinder the systematic modernization of the institution's communication processes.
The full analysis is an internal document of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. Here you can download the SUMMARY.