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Democratic FailureNOMOS LXIII$
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Melissa Schwartzberg and Daniel Viehoff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804788

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804788.001.0001

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Democratic Remedies If Ignorance Threatens Democracy

Democratic Remedies If Ignorance Threatens Democracy

(p.262) 10 Democratic Remedies If Ignorance Threatens Democracy
Democratic Failure

Mark Tushnet

NYU Press

Darby correctly argues that ordinary people often have more or better knowledge about some political matters than do elites, and that deficiencies in their knowledge can be addressed by creating conditions, typically material, that would provide them with opportunities to gain relevant knowledge. This constitutes an important locus for democratic experimentalism, yielding a democratic form of epistocracy. Any residual gaps in knowledge could then be treated as rational ignorance, a willingness to delegate—though not irrevocably— decisions to those who have greater knowledge.

Keywords:   epistocracy, democratic experimentalism, rational ignorance

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