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What should the voter know? Epistemic trust in democracy

Baurmann, Michael; Brennan, H Geoffrey

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Alvin Goldman develops the concept of co re voter knowledge to capture the kind of knowledge that voters need to have in order that democracy function successfully. As democracy is supposed to promote the people's goals, co re voter knowledge must, according to Goldman, first and foremost answer the question which electoral candidate would successfully perform in achieving that voter's ends. In our paper we challenge this concept of core voter knowledge from different angles. We analyse the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBaurmann, Michael
dc.contributor.authorBrennan, H Geoffrey
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:42:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0165-9227
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36917
dc.description.abstractAlvin Goldman develops the concept of co re voter knowledge to capture the kind of knowledge that voters need to have in order that democracy function successfully. As democracy is supposed to promote the people's goals, co re voter knowledge must, according to Goldman, first and foremost answer the question which electoral candidate would successfully perform in achieving that voter's ends. In our paper we challenge this concept of core voter knowledge from different angles. We analyse the dimensions of political trustworthiness and their relevance for the voter; we contrast two alternative orientations that the voter might take-an outcome-orientation and a process-orientation; and we discuss how an expressive account of voting behaviour would shift the focus in regard to the content of voter knowledge. Finally, we discuss some varieties of epistemic trust and their relevance for the availability, acquisition and dissemination of voter knowledge in a democracy.
dc.publisherEditions Rodopi B.V.
dc.sourceGrazer Philophische Studien
dc.source.urihttp://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/48408539/what-should-voter-know-epistemic-trust-democracy
dc.titleWhat should the voter know? Epistemic trust in democracy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume79
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.absfor220304 - Epistemology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4583819xPUB142
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBaurmann, Michael, Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf
local.contributor.affiliationBrennan, H Geoffrey, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage159
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage186
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:32:27Z
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