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Framing DemocracyA Behavioral Approach to Democratic Theory$
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Jamie Terence Kelly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155197

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155197.001.0001

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Institutional Implications

Institutional Implications

(p.97) Chapter Five Institutional Implications
Framing Democracy

Jamie Terence Kelly

Princeton University Press

This chapter identifies a number of plausible institutional reforms that could help to secure the epistemic value of democratic decision making even in the face of framing. In order to counteract the effects of framing, three broad strategies suggest themselves. First, increasing the number of competing frames for political issues (e.g., by ensuring a diversity of political and media perspectives) holds out the possibility of making us more responsive to reasons than to frames. Second, mechanisms designed to isolate democratic outcomes from flawed democratic decision making (e.g., constitutional review) might allow us to catch mistakes before they undermine the epistemic value of democratic arrangements. Third, public education programs aimed at eliminating framing effects could provide us with a direct means of improving the decision making of democracies.

Keywords:   institutional reforms, democratic decision making, framing effects, public education programs, democracy

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