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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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. © Springer 2005.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Munger, MC

Published Date

  • July 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 115 - 133

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0048-5829

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11127-005-4749-9

Citation Source

  • Scopus