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The Ideal Political Institutions of Local Government

  • Joseph DrewEmail author
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Abstract

It is all very well to sound a note of warning against concentrations of power and competence, but how exactly does one achieve such a balance? In this chapter  1 outline how the ancient political institution of sortition might be employed to protect the dignity of the person and association as well as cultivate a better understanding of the common good. Specifically, I set out the complementarity of bi-cameral sortition with the Principle of Subsidiarity. I also explicate on the practicalities of implementing a sortition House of Lots to mitigate the well-known flaws in our extant system of majoritarian democracy. I conclude by drawing attention to how this reform may also be helpful to enhance the efficacy of other measures taken to guard against local Leviathan that I will deal with in the subsequent chapters.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyMoonbiAustralia

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