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Sortition, merit and a democratic House of Lords: a thought experiment

April 13, 2018 - 22:37 -- Admin

As I started thinking about the ancient Athenian practice of sortition or the appointment of citizens to deliberative governmental bodies by lot, it started to open up to me not just as one option for selecting representatives, but as a whole repertoire – a whole way of thinking about what democracy was, what might undermine it and how it might be defended and nurtured.