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dc.creatorParker, Joel Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-13T20:09:57Z
dc.date.available2012-07-13T20:09:57Z
dc.date.created2011-12
dc.date.issued2012-07-13
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4923
dc.descriptiontext
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.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectPolitical theory
dc.subjectConstitutional design
dc.subjectDemocratic theory
dc.subjectRepresentation
dc.subjectDeliberative democracy
dc.subjectRandom selection
dc.subjectLottery
dc.subjectSortition
dc.titleRandomness and legitimacy in selecting democratic representatives
dc.date.updated2012-07-13T20:10:03Z
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4923
dc.description.departmentGovernment
dc.type.genrethesis*
thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernment
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy


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