An Economist Writes about Sortition

I just learned about this book–

http://uthreee.blogspot.com/2010/06/martin-j-bailey-constitution-for-future.html

http://www.amazon.com/Constitution-Future-Country-Martin-Bailey/dp/0333719093/ref=reg_hu-wl_item-added

Has anyone read it? It sounds like it devotes quality time to a lot of ideas besides sortition, including some of the favorite pet projects of public choice theorists.

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  1. I haven’t read the book, but am familiar with it, as Nicolaus Tideman discusses it in his recent book _Collective Decisions and Voting: The Potential for Public Choice_. The Thompson insurance method Bailey incorporates into his model constitution has always seemed more of an intellectual thought experiment than real to me. Also the self-interest utility-maximization market nature of the proposal runs contrary to the civic pursuit of common good that deliberative strong democracy through sortition enables.

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