Simpol - Policy Development
Processes for developing Simpol's policy content will only be launched once sufficient support in principle for Simpol is first forthcoming from politicians around the world. Simpol's policy content will, when that time comes, be developed by citizens via processes hosted by each national Simpol organisation, and overseen by the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation.
At that point citizen-supporters will be invited to design, propose, refine, negotiate and ultimately approve Simpol's policies themselves. In this process, they may take advantage of policies already developed by politicians, by non-governmental organisations, or they may choose to take advantage of independent policy experts.
The policies would remain strictly provisional until sufficient international consensus for their implementation had been achieved. In that way Simpol's policy content would remain
- Flexible: The policies, once developed, can be changed at all times until the point of implementation to ensure they are fully appropriate for then-prevailing world conditions
- Democratic: Supporters who may join the campaign at any time prior to implementation still have the opportunity to contribute to the process
Simpol is also globally inclusive. Not only does it allow citizens in democratic countries to participate in developing policy, at a later stage in the campaign, the governments of non-democratic nations would also be invited to participate in any international negotiations to determine a final set of policy measures.
Both supporting citizens and supporting politicians would be invited, prior to implementation, to re-confirm their agreement.
To ensure Simpol only includes policies that genuinely require simultaneous implementation, the process incorporates a unique criterion for screening out national policies. In this way it achieves a healthy subsidiarity between the global level and the national level. This criterion is expressed in the following question:
Would the unilateral implementation of the policy by a single nation (or by a restricted group of nations) be likely to cause it a significant competitive disadvantage?
If the answer is:
- No: the policy does not qualify for inclusion in Simpol because it could be implemented by any nation (or restricted group of nations) alone.
- Yes: the policy qualifies for inclusion in Simpol.
In this way, only appropriate policies are included while the national sovereignty of all nations is maintained.
One of the unique features of Simpol is that it can include more than one policy. By combining two or more complementary policies, nations that may lose out on one policy can gain on another, so vastly enhancing the chances of securing global co-operation.
To give one example, the following two global policies could be combined and negotiated together, so forming a single Simultaneous Policy:
- Currency Transactions (Tobin) tax: This tax, if applied globally and simultaneously, would be risk-free for any nation and could raise very substantial sums from financial markets. These funds could then be used to compensate any nations that might lose out on:
- A carbon emissions reduction agreement: Dramatic reductions in CO2 emissions across the planet by all nations, with dramatic reductions by the most highly-polluting nations, such as the USA and China. Nations suffering disproportionate costs in reducing their emissions could thus be compensated, under an agreed formula, from revenues raised by the Currency Transactions Tax.
Simpol's policy development process, when launched, will incorporate two stages; the first to include the differing perspectives and priorities of supporters in each nation; the second, the need for a final set of policies which supporters and all governments can agree to and implement.
Stage 1 will be launched only once sufficient support in principle for Simpol is forthcoming from politicians around the world. Stage 2 would only commence once international support for Simpol was already widespread and the possibility of implementation was approaching.
- Stage 1: Supporters engage in their own independent national processes for developing Simpol's policy content. In this way, national perspectives and priorities can be taken into account;
- Stage 2: Representatives from each national Simpol organisation and their governments, as well as the representatives of non-democratic governments would meet to negotiate a final set of measures.