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Accelerating Democracy by John O. McGinnis

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CHAPTER NINE

De-biasing Democracy

BIAS REMAINS A SUBSTANTIAL IMPEDIMENT to improving policy on the basis of new information. Thus, reforms that constrain bias are an important element of accelerating democracy. Some of these reforms would build on the existing mechanisms of democracy like majority rule for electing candidates and responsive representation that already constrain bias. Other reforms would deploy new information technology to further constrain bias.

Reinforcing Majority Rule and Representation

Gerrymandering Reform

Majority rule promotes updating on information in elections, because less partisan and more open-minded voters cast the decisive ballots to choose candidates for office. But partisan gerrymandering can reduce the influence ...

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