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Epistemic aspects of representative government

Goodin, Robert E. and Spiekermann, Kai (2010) Epistemic aspects of representative government. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The Federalist, justifying the Electoral College to elect the president, claimed that a small group of more informed individuals would make a better decision than the general mass. But the Condorcet Jury Theorem tells us that the more independent, better-than-random voters there are, the more likely it will be that the majority among them will be correct. The question thus arises how much better, on average, members of the smaller group would have to be to compensate for the epistemic costs of making decisions on the basis of that many fewer votes. This question is explored in the contexts of referendum democracy, delegate-style representative democracy and trustee-style representative democracy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 13:13
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30687/

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