Democracy and Innovation
Bruno S. Frey
CREMA; Behavioural Science; Economics
September 27, 2010
Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 514
Self-determination in politics has become the ideal everybody accepts. This paper argues that such contentment undermines the very idea of democracy. Democracy should be open to criticism and change. Two possible developments are considered:
(a) More political power should be given to the citizens. Direct democracy is the appropriate form of democracy for the 21st century.
(b) Many innovations are possible in democracy. The focus is on the potential role of random mechanisms to secure that the population is more fully represented in the political process both with respect to the persons in politics and the decisions taken.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
JEL Classification: D7, D78, O31working papers series
Date posted: December 4, 2010
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