Article

Democracy, Political Equality, and Majority Rule

Citation

Saunders B (2010) Democracy, Political Equality, and Majority Rule. Ethics, 121 (1), pp. 148-177. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/656474; https://doi.org/10.1086/656474

Abstract
Democracy is commonly associated with political equality and/or majority rule. This essay shows that these three ideas are conceptually separate, so the transition from any one to another stands in need of further substantive argument, which is not always adequately given. It does this by offering an alternative decision-making mechanism, called lottery voting, in which all individuals cast votes for their preferred options but, instead of these being counted, one is randomly selected and that vote determines the outcome. This procedure is democratic and egalitarian, since all have an equal chance to influence outcomes, but obviously not majoritarian.

Journal
Ethics: Volume 121, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/10/2010
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/7525
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
Publisher URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/656474
ISSN0014-1704