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On Sortition. Comment on ‘‘Proposals for a Democracyof the Future’’ by Bruno Frey

Tridimas, George (2017) On Sortition. Comment on ‘‘Proposals for a Democracyof the Future’’ by Bruno Frey. Homo Oeconomicus, 35 . [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1007/s41412-017-0054-3


Among the several thought provoking arguments for reforming democracy,Bruno Frey advocates sortition, that is, appointment to (some) public offices by lottery.Sortition was the hallmark of the direct democracy of ancient Athens. The paperassesses the Athenian practice of sortition by the criteria of representativeness, equity,partisanship, rent seeking, resource economy, and suitability of candidates for office. Itconcludes that, in view of fundamental conceptual differences between the Atheniandemocracy and the modern representative government, introduction of sortition intomodern representative democracy poses extremely demanding challenges.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Sortition � Ancient Athens � Direct democracy � Representative democracy
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:40002
Deposited By: Professor George Tridimas
Deposited On:23 Apr 2018 08:14
Last Modified:23 Apr 2018 15:38

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