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Is Democracy Impossible?: Riker's Mistaken Accounts of Antebellum Politics

Mackie, Gerry


<P><B>Introduction.</B> <BR>In his Liberalism against Populism, an interpretation of the results of social choice theory, Riker (1982) makes an apparently powerful case against the very intelligibility of majoritarian democracy. Because different voting systems yield different outcomes from the same profile of individual voters' preferences, he argues, democracy is inaccurate. The claim is made by way of examples that establish logical possibility. However, for real-world distributions of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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