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Author Ingham, Sean, 1981- author

Title Rule by multiple majorities : a new theory of popular control / Sean Ingham
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (x, 190 pages) : PDF file(s)
Series Political economy of institutions and decisions
Political economy of institutions and decisions.
Contents Cover; Half-title; Series information; Title page; Copyright information; Contents; Figures; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 First Attempts; 2.1 Rule by "the" Majority; 2.2 Rule by Multiple Majorities: A Provisional Statement; 3 An Objection from Social Choice Theory; 3.1 Condorcet's Paradox; 3.2 Two Kinds of "Majority Cycle"; 3.3 The Spatial Model of Politics; 3.4 Does Politics Have Just One Dimension?; 3.5 Deliberation and Single-Peaked Preferences; 3.6 Conclusion; 4 The Concept of Control; 4.1 A Preliminary Statement; 4.2 A More Formal Statement
4.3 Electoral Control and the Role of Intentions4.4 Whether Control Must be Robust; 4.5 Indifferent Citizens; 4.6 Conclusion; 5 Rule by Multiple Majorities; 5.1 The Multiple Majorities View of Popular Control; 5.2 Why Identify Popular Control with Majorities' Control?; 5.3 Popular Control and Voting Rules; 5.4 Popular Control and Democracy; 5.5 Why the Impossibility Objection Fails; 5.6 A Model Illustrating Rule by Multiple Majorities; 5.7 Objections; 5.8 Conclusion; 6 Retrospective Voting and Control; 6.1 Evidence of Retrospective Voting; 6.2 Popular Control with Myopic and Partisan Voters
6.3 Popular Control with Heterogeneous Voters6.4 Conclusion; 6.5 Appendix; 6.5.1 The Model with One Voter; 6.5.2 The Model of the Myopic Voter; 6.5.3 The Model with Three Voters; 7 On a Normative Theory of Democracy; 7.1 Preferences and Their Intensity; 7.2 Equal Control; 7.3 The Status of Minorities; 7.4 Conclusion; 8 Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Summary What does it mean to say that citizens have control over their leaders? In a democracy, citizens should have some control over how they are governed. If they do not participate directly in making policy, they ought to maintain control over the public officials who design policy on their behalf. Rule by Multiple Majorities develops a novel theory of popular control: an account of what it is, why democracy's promise of popular control is compatible with what we know about actual democracies, and why it matters. While social choice theory suggests there is no such thing as a 'popular will' in societies with at least minimal diversity of opinion, Ingham argues that multiple, overlapping majorities can nonetheless have control, at the same time. After resolving this conceptual puzzle, the author explains why popular control is a realistic and compelling ideal for democracies, notwithstanding voters' low levels of information and other shortcomings
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 04 Jan 2019)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Democracy.
General will.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1108683827
1108752373 (electronic bk.)
9781108683821 (ebook)
9781108752374 (electronic bk.)