By Oliver Dowlen

The primary function of each precise lottery is that every one rational overview is intentionally excluded. as soon as this precept is grasped, the writer argues, we will be able to start to comprehend precisely what advantages sortition can convey to the political neighborhood. The publication features a learn of using sortition in historical Athens and in past due medieval and renaissance Italy. additionally it is observation at the contributions to sortition made by way of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Harrington and Paine; an account of the heritage of the randomly-selected jury; and new learn into lesser-known examples from England, the USA and innovative France.

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