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Democracy and Innovation


Frey, Bruno S (2010). Democracy and Innovation. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 514, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Self-determination in politics has become the ideal everybody accepts. This paper argues that such contentment undermines the very idea of democracy. Democracy should be open to criticism and change. Two possible developments are considered:
(a) More political power should be given to the citizens. Direct democracy is the appropriate form of democracy for the 21st century.
(b) Many innovations are possible in democracy. The focus is on the potential role of random mechanisms to secure that the population is more fully represented in the political process both with respect to the persons in politics and the decisions taken.

Abstract

Self-determination in politics has become the ideal everybody accepts. This paper argues that such contentment undermines the very idea of democracy. Democracy should be open to criticism and change. Two possible developments are considered:
(a) More political power should be given to the citizens. Direct democracy is the appropriate form of democracy for the 21st century.
(b) Many innovations are possible in democracy. The focus is on the potential role of random mechanisms to secure that the population is more fully represented in the political process both with respect to the persons in politics and the decisions taken.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:D7, D78, O31
Language:English
Date:October 2010
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 15:09
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 15:34
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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