We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. The fact that she can plausibly present this as radical says something about the state of advanced democracies, beset by financial crisis, wars, environmental threats and the rise of rival regimes. It also highlights a persistent skepticism in democratic thought about the capacities of the people for competent self-rule. Landemore, by contrast, makes an optimistic case for collective intelligence in political life. However, her aim in this excellent book is to use current social science to specify the idea of collective intelligence in the context of democratic institutions today.

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Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, impulses, or biases.

Collective decision making, on the other hand, can be surprisingly accurate. She 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 legitimate and just, but also because it is smart.

Landemore considers how the argument plays out with respect to two main mechanisms of democratic politics: inclusive deliberation and majority rule.

In deliberative settings, the truth-tracking properties of deliberation are enhanced more by inclusiveness than by individual competence. Landemore explores this idea in the contexts of representative democracy and the selection of representatives. When inclusive deliberation and majority rule are combined, they beat less inclusive methods, in which one person or a small group decide.

It invites us to expand our mental horizons in ways that are rarely seen in the world of normative political theory. Written with superb clarity and a masterful command of both the democratic-theory literature and the empirical literature on voting behavior, Landemore dares to think outside the box, honoring her very own concept of cognitive diversity.

It scrutinizes and synthesizes a vast body of work, paying as much attention to the failures of deliberation and majority voting as to their achievements. Nobody working on normative theories of democracy can afford to ignore it. Paying close attention to positive theory and empirical evidence, it offers a gust of fresh air. It will have a large audience both within and outside the political theory community. With bold and plausible arguments, Landemore's important book is not more of the same old same old, but instead brings a whole different set of models and approaches to bear on democratic theory.

A real achievement, Democratic Reason will have a wide readership. Overview Author s Reviews 5. She is the author of Hume: Probability and Reasonable Choice.


Democratic Reason: Politics, collective intelligence and the rule of the many

Sign in Create an account. Syntax Advanced Search. About us. Editorial team. Princeton University Press The maze and the masses -- Democracy as the rule of the dumb many? Democracy in Social and Political Philosophy.





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