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Title: Democracy, Political Equality, and Majority Rule
Authors: Saunders, Ben
Contact Email: ben.saunders@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Citation: Saunders B (2010) Democracy, Political Equality, and Majority Rule, Ethics, 121 (1), pp. 148-177.
Abstract: Democracy is commonly associated with political equality and/or majority rule. This essay shows that these three ideas are conceptually separate, so the transition from any one to another stands in need of further substantive argument, which is not always adequately given. It does this by offering an alternative decision-making mechanism, called lottery voting, in which all individuals cast votes for their preferred options but, instead of these being counted, one is randomly selected and that vote determines the outcome. This procedure is democratic and egalitarian, since all have an equal chance to influence outcomes, but obviously not majoritarian.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/7525
URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/656474
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/656474
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Ethics by The University of Chicago Press. The original publication is available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/656474
Affiliation: Philosophy

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