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Democratic reason : politics, collective intelligence, and the rule of the many

Author: Hélène Landemore
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2013.
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Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, impulses, or biases. Collective decision making, on the other hand, can be surprisingly accurate. In Democratic Reason, Hélène Landemore demonstrates that the very factors behind the superiority of collective decision making add up to a strong case for democracy. She shows that the processes and procedures of democratic decision making form a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hélène Landemore
ISBN: 9780691155654 0691155658
OCLC Number: 788266389
Description: xxi, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The maze and the masses --
Democracy as the rule of the dumb many? --
A selective genealogy of the epistemic argument for democracy --
First mechanism of democratic reason: inclusive deliberation --
Epistemic failures of deliberation --
Second mechanism of democratic reason: majority rule --
Epistemic failures of majority rule: real and imagined --
Political cognitivism: a defense --
Conclusion: Democracy as a gamble worth taking.
Responsibility: Hélène Landemore.

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