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Author Elster, Jon, 1940-

Title Securities against misrule [electronic resource] : juries, assemblies, elections / Jon Elster.

Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.


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 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description xii, 324 p. : ill.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book proposes a normative theory of collective decision making, inspired by Jeremy Bentham but not including his utilitarian philosophy. The central proposal is that in designing democratic institutions one should reduce as much as possible the impact of self-interest, passion, prejudice, and bias on the decision makers, and then let the chips fall where they may. There is no independently defined good outcome that institutions can track, nor is there any way of reliably selecting good decision makers. In addition to a long initial chapter that surveys theories of collective decision making, notably social-choice theory, and a chapter expounding and discussing Bentham,s views, historical chapters on the jury, constituent assemblies, and electoral systems develop and illustrate the main ideas. This work draws on a welter of case studies and historical episodes, from Thucydides and Plutarch to the present. It is also grounded in psychology, behavioral economics, and law"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Bentham, Jeremy, 1748-1832.
Representative government and representation -- Decision making.
Group decision making.
Abuse of administrative power -- Prevention.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9781107031739 (hardback)
9781107649958 (paperback)
9781107306936 (e-book)

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