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An epistemic case for democracy; analysing the performance of voting groups

Rowlands, JJ; (2015) An epistemic case for democracy; analysing the performance of voting groups. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis argues that, given certain assumptions, democracies are epistemically superior to other forms of government. Using quantitative results calculated with Condorcet’s Jury Theorem, it will assess the performance of different voting groups. These groups will be models of current systems of governance or those that could feasibly be adopted. To achieve this it will have to argue for the plausibility of two main claims. Firstly that there is a true choice open to voters in political decisions and secondly that democracies are better able to identify correct choices than alternative forms of government.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: An epistemic case for democracy; analysing the performance of voting groups
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472848
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