Randomness and legitimacy in selecting democratic representatives


Randomness and legitimacy in selecting democratic representatives

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dc.contributor.advisor Muirhead, Russell, 1965-
dc.contributor.advisor Levinson, Sanford, 1941-
dc.creator Parker, Joel Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-13T20:09:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-13T20:09:57Z
dc.date.created 2011-12
dc.date.issued 2012-07-13
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4923
dc.description.abstract The addition of random selection to our arsenal of methods for selecting political officials would enhance performance against norms of representative democracy. I employ historical and analytic methods to explore the nature of sortition and its relation to political equality, rational decision-making, and legitimate representation. Sortition both expresses a democratic commitment to political equality and facilitates improved performance under this democratic norm. It can be rational to eschew reasons in the process of selecting political officials, and decision-making bodies chosen randomly can be expected to make good decisions. I also address concerns stemming from representative norms, surrounding random selection of officials, arguing that random selection can enhance the resemblance and responsiveness of representatives. Finally, I detail some possibilities for institutional arrangements that would deliver the benefits of sortition while addressing the challenges it presents.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Political theory
dc.subject Constitutional design
dc.subject Democratic theory
dc.subject Representation
dc.subject Deliberative democracy
dc.subject Random selection
dc.subject Lottery
dc.subject Sortition
dc.title Randomness and legitimacy in selecting democratic representatives
dc.date.updated 2012-07-13T20:10:03Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4923
dc.contributor.committeeMember Braybrooke, David
dc.contributor.committeeMember Gregg, Benjamin
dc.contributor.committeeMember Jacobsohn, Gary J.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Woodruff, Paul
dc.description.department Government
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Government
thesis.degree.discipline Government
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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