“The law of impermanence is reflected everywhere: in the life cycle of a star or a planet, a physical body, a tree, a flower, in the rise and fall of nations, political systems and civilizations.” — Eckhart Tolle. This particularly holds true for the inevitable impermanence of political parties that determine the fate of world nations.

Take, for example, the fact that our country alone has witnessed more than 30 parties rise and fall over the last two and a half centuries. The determining factors have revealed themselves in many forms — ranging from swiftly changing demographics to corruption, moral persuasion and, sometimes, a country’s collective desire for new representation. I would argue that the linchpin at the core of a nation’s political party system is a citizen’s desire to hold their government accountable.