Nineteenth-century voting procedures in a twenty-first century world

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Voting procedures nowadays are anachronistic on two counts: the technology of recording and counting votes often is outmoded and too much is expected from the mechanisms of democratic choice. Even if votes always and everywhere were counted perfectly, election outcomes would still be arbitrary since no collective choice process can divine the "general will". The crucial line in any state is the one dividing private decisions from collective decisions. Democracy is part of the package for nations freeing themselves from totalitarianism's grip, but it may be the last, rather than the first thing that should be added to the mix. © 2005 Springer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Munger, MC

Published Date

  • December 1, 2005

Book Title

  • Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World

Start / End Page

  • 115 - 133

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0387280375

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780387280370

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/0-387-28038-3_7

Citation Source

  • Scopus