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Democratic Reason: The Mechanisms of Collective Intelligence in Politics by Helene Landemore :: SSRN
This paper argues that democracy can be seen as a way to channel “democratic reason,” or the collective political intelligence of the many. The paper hypothesizes that two main democratic mechanisms - the practice of inclusive deliberation (in its direct and indirect versions) and the institution of majority rule with universal suffrage - combine their epistemic properties to maximize the chances that the group pick the “better” political answer within a given context and a set of values. The paper further argues that under the conditions of a liberal society, characterized among other things by sufficient cognitive diversity, these two mechanisms give democracy an epistemic edge over versions of the rule of the few.
democracy  political-science  collective-intelligence  collective  collaboration  decision  intelligence 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Law, economics, and politics § Unqualified Offerings
"This is a musing on large bureaucratic organizations. I have noticed that some people get frustrated because they do not understand that law, economics, and politics are distinct things and they are not equally persuasive as arguments."
bureaucracy  decision  politics  law  economics 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Value judgements : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
"Instead, researchers and, especially, their funders must embrace the idea that public and stakeholder participation can help to define research priorities. And they must do more to track and communicate all outcomes. Policy-makers need to ensure that those with direct needs for climate-related information — businesses, regional planners, government departments — have a greater say in the kind of services and knowledge that they expect publicly funded researchers to produce, and in assuring the quality and relevance of what is delivered."
science  research  public-understanding  public  decision  values 
june 2011 by tsuomela
The Mentaculus: Trade Offs
Extensive collection of trade-offs: robustness v. fragility, random v. determined, switching cost v. change gains, etc.
weblog  series  trade-offs  psychology  bias  decision 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Gender
summaries and pointers to some research papers on topic of gender and decisions
gender  decision-making  decision  choice 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Norms, Minorities, and Collective Choice Online [Full Text]
In this essay, we argue that we should try to capture variation by paying more attention to the decision rules governing choice within collectivities on the Internet. As best we know, all of the sociologically "interesting" collective endeavors on the Internet are characterized by rules or norms
online  internet  culture  norms  behavior  psychology  collective  decision-making  decision 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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