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  • The Demarchy Manifesto

    For Better Public Policy
    John Burnheim

    Demarchy exploits the possibilities of modern communications to give new role to public discussion. It takes the initiative in formulating policy on each specific problem out of the hands of political parties and into the hands of those most strongly affected by that particular problem. John Burnheim explains why this needs to be done.

  • Lotteries in Public Life

    A Reader
    Peter Stone

    Lotteries have been used to make all kinds of public decisions ever since the days of Ancient Greece. They can contribute to some of our most important values, such as rationality, justice, and democracy. But until recently, there was no theory to...

  • Sortition

    Theory and Practice
    Gil Delannoi

    Essays deriving from the conference "Selection by Lottery: Theory and Practice" held in 2008 under the auspices of Sciences Po, in Paris.

  • Lotteries for Education

    Conall Boyle

    Lotteries are widely used to decide places (seats) at schools, colleges and universities. Conall Boyle explores many examples to find out why. The emotional turmoil that the use of ballots can cause to students and parents alike is graphically...

  • The Political Potential of Sortition

    A study of the random selection of citizens for public office
    Oliver Dowlen

    The central feature of every true lottery is that all rational evaluation is deliberately excluded. Once this principle is grasped, the author argues, we can begin to understand exactly what benefits sortition can bring to the political community.

  • A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature

    Ernest Callenbach

    Two essays, printed back to back in a single volume, offer complementary solutions to the democratic deficit in Britain and the USA.

  • Nature and Uses of Lotteries

    Conall Boyle

    Thomas Gataker was a disputatious Puritan divine. His The Nature and Uses of Lotteries (1627) was the first systematic exposition of a modern view of lotteries, not just as a form of gambling, but as a fair method of division. Gataker approved of...

  • The Athenian Option

    Radical Reform for the House of Lords
    Anthony Barnett

    Before New Labour came to power and when even the prospect of reform of Britain's House of Lords was regarded with scepticism, Anthony Barnett and Peter Carty developed the idea of selecting part of a new upper house by lot: creating a jury or juries...

  • Justice by Lottery

    Barbara Goodwin

    This book is about the virtues and social justice of random distribution. The first chapter is a utopian fragment about a future country, Aleatoria, where everything, including political power, jobs and money, is distributed by lottery. The rest of...