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

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Individual decision making can often be wrong due to misinformation, impulses, or biases. Collective decision making, on the other hand, can be surprisingly accurate. In Democratic Reason, Helene Landemore demonstrates that the very factors behind the superiority of collective decision making add up to a strong case for democracy. She shows that the processes and procedure ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published December 23rd 2012)
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This book follows the recent trend in democratic theory termed "epistemic democracy" in a novel way. Rather than rely on liberal philosophy or an analogy with science, it begins with results in mathematics, decision theory, psychology and cognitive science. It also mentions an evolutionary basis for the superiority of group decision making.

Landemore traces different nuances of epistemic arguments for democracy from Aristotle to Mill to Dewey to Hayek, then sets out on her own path resting on the
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