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Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many

Hélène Landemore

Abstract

Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, impulses, or biases. Collective decision making, on the other hand, can be surprisingly accurate. This book demonstrates that the very factors behind the superiority of collective decision making add up to a strong case for democracy. The book shows that the processes and procedures of democratic decision making form a cognitive system that ensures that decisions taken by the many are more likely to be right than decisions taken by the few. Democracy as a form of government is therefore valuable not only because it is legitim ... More

Keywords: individual decision making, collective decision making, democracy, democratic decision making, democratic politics, inclusive deliberation, majority rule

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155654
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155654.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hélène Landemore, author
Yale University