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Democracy as Heuristic: The Ecological Rationality of Political Equality

Democracy as Heuristic: The Ecological Rationality of Political Equality Abstract: In this paper, Landemore explores one defense of political equality: that uncertainty about the nature of the political questions a polity will face require not only maximal inclusion but also egalitarian inclusion. While experts have an advantage in cataloging and quantifying known risks, there is no expertise in enumerating outcomes under uncertainty, when the very number and probability of possible outcomes are unknown. Democratic equality is thus “ecologically” rational, because best suited to this radical uncertainty. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Democracy as Heuristic: The Ecological Rationality of Political Equality

The Good Society , Volume 23 (2) – Jan 22, 2014

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Abstract: In this paper, Landemore explores one defense of political equality: that uncertainty about the nature of the political questions a polity will face require not only maximal inclusion but also egalitarian inclusion. While experts have an advantage in cataloging and quantifying known risks, there is no expertise in enumerating outcomes under uncertainty, when the very number and probability of possible outcomes are unknown. Democratic equality is thus “ecologically” rational, because best suited to this radical uncertainty.

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jan 22, 2014

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