Democratic Reason: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and Why it Matters
Helene E. Landemore
September 14, 2009
APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper
This paper presents an argument for democracy based on the idea of collective intelligence (connecting numbers and a key ingredient of the phenomenon of collective intelligence, i.e., cognitive diversity). It also suggests different ways, positive and normative, in which this argument should matter for political scientists (particularly democratic theorists and public opinion researchers).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: epistemic democracy, collective intelligence, wisdom of crowds, majority rule, deliberation, diversity, public opinion research, informationworking papers series
Date posted: August 13, 2009 ; Last revised: June 3, 2011
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