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Democratic Remedies If Ignorance Threatens Democracy

Mark Tushnet

in Democratic Failure: NOMOS LXIII

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781479804788
eISBN:
9781479804801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479804788.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Darby correctly argues that ordinary people often have more or better knowledge about some political matters than do elites, and that deficiencies in their knowledge can be addressed by creating ... More


Power without Knowledge: A Critique of Technocracy

Jeffrey Friedman

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190877170
eISBN:
9780190909505
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190877170.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

Technocrats claim to know how to solve the social and economic problems of complex modern societies. But this would require predicting how people will act once technocrats impose their policy ... More


Conclusion: Waking from the European Dream

Turkuler Isiksel

in Europe's Functional Constitution: A Theory of Constitutionalism Beyond the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198759072
eISBN:
9780191819698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759072.003.0008
Subject:
Law, EU Law

The conclusion takes stock of the EU’s constitutional architectonic in view of the ongoing tribulations of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and assesses the extent to which the EU can fulfill the ... More


Purely Epistemic Conceptions of Democracy

Cristina Lafont

in Democracy without Shortcuts: A Participatory Conception of Deliberative Democracy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198848189
eISBN:
9780191882746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848189.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter considers purely epistemic conceptions of deliberative democracy. For advocates of this approach the value of democratic procedures is a function of the quality of their outcomes. They ... More


Democracy in Unequal Terms

Russell J. Dalton

in The Participation Gap: Social Status and Political Inequality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198733607
eISBN:
9780191797989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198733607.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter summarizes the results of this study: changes in social structure and participation patterns are increasing social-status-based inequality in political participation. Those with higher ... More


Political Epistemology

Elizabeth Edenberg and Michael Hannon (eds)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780192893338
eISBN:
9780191914607
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192893338.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

As current events around the world have illustrated, epistemological issues are at the center of our political lives. It has become increasingly difficult to discern legitimate sources of evidence, ... More


Epistocracy or Democracy

Robert E. Goodin and Kai Spiekermann

in An Epistemic Theory of Democracy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198823452
eISBN:
9780191862137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823452.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization, Political Theory

The case for epistocracy rests on the assumption that identifiable experts tend to be better truth trackers than the electorate. The case is typically weak because large numbers of only minimally ... More


Introduction: Technocracy and Political Epistemology

Jeffrey Friedman

in Power without Knowledge: A Critique of Technocracy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190877170
eISBN:
9780190909505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190877170.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

As technocracy has spread, critical analysis of it has stagnated. In part, this is because the critics take an external perspective on technocracy, condemning it for being anti-democratic. This ... More


Resisting Political Minimalism

Maxime Lepoutre

in Democratic Speech in Divided Times

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780198869757
eISBN:
9780191912443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198869757.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In light of the challenges to inclusive public discourse discussed in Chapters 5 to 7, one might lose patience with this ideal. On this line of thought, we would do better, for the time being, to ... More


Epistocratic Paternalism

David Estlund

in Political Epistemology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780192893338
eISBN:
9780191914607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192893338.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Epistocracy—roughly, political rule by the wise—is similar to paternalism. In both cases, knowing better is not enough to justify taking charge. But also in both cases, the prohibition is unlikely to ... More


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