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dc.contributor.advisorMuirhead, Russell, 1965-en
dc.contributor.advisorLevinson, Sanford, 1941-en
dc.creatorParker, Joel Matthewen
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-13T20:09:57Zen
dc.date.available2012-07-13T20:09:57Zen
dc.date.issued2011-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4923en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectPolitical theoryen
dc.subjectConstitutional designen
dc.subjectDemocratic theoryen
dc.subjectRepresentationen
dc.subjectDeliberative democracyen
dc.subjectRandom selectionen
dc.subjectLotteryen
dc.subjectSortitionen
dc.titleRandomness and legitimacy in selecting democratic representativesen
dc.date.updated2012-07-13T20:10:03Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4923en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBraybrooke, Daviden
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGregg, Benjaminen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJacobsohn, Gary J.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWoodruff, Paulen
dc.description.departmentGovernmenten
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentGovernmenten
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernmenten
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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