Sortition in The Economist

Jorge Cancio emails:

fyi: Ancient Athens online – are we getting mainstream?

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  1. I’ve left a comment as: And don’t forget our own House of Lords. Instead of the dubious proposal to elect them, why not a true cross-section of the people?

    Just such an idea was put forward by Barnett and Carty in ‘The Athenian Option’ (2008, Imprint Academic).
    (well done Yoram for spotting this)

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  2. Deliberative democracy is a vague term. Is this on purpose to keep the idea of sortitioned representation confusing?

    Words used are extremely important.

    I’ll continue to talk about sortitioned democratic representation.

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  3. I agree, Ronald – but of course being vague or even deliberately confusing is quite typical for elite media discussion of democracy.

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