Authority, Equality and Democracy

35 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2003

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Andrei Marmor

Cornell University - Law School

Date Written: January 2003


The purpose of this essay is to argue that considerations of fairness play an essential role in the justification of democratic decision procedures. The first part argues that considerations of fairness form part of a practical authority's legitimacy, and that in the political context, those considerations of fairness entail a principle of equal distribution of political power. Subsequently, the article elaborates on the kind of equality which is required in democratic procedures, arguing that different principles of equality should apply to the deliberation and the decision stages of democracy. Finally, the article concludes with a few sketchy remarks on the possible relations between considerations of fairness and soundness of democratic procedures.

Suggested Citation

Marmor, Andrei, Authority, Equality and Democracy (January 2003). USC Law and Public Policy Research Paper No. 03-15. Available at SSRN: or

Andrei Marmor (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States


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