The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives

October 6 SS ForumSocial Sciences Forum
Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania
“The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives”

Thursday, October 6, 4 p.m. 
University Center 312

It is widely accepted that electoral representative democracy is better than any other alternative lawmaking political arrangement. It is also widely accepted that the only legitimate alternative to electoral representative democracy is some form of direct democracy, but that this would lead to bad policy. Guerrero argues against both of these assumptions, and considers the prospects for another alternative system — one that uses lotteries, not elections, to select political officials — that he claims would be better than electoral representative democracy.

This event is free and open to the public.

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science.

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