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How would citizens in a modern democracy react to the use of sortition to select leaders?

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Returning to the Cradle of Democracy: Citizen responses under election and sortition

The hallmark of modern democracies is the competitive election. This institution is seen as the primary connection between leaders and the population. This has not always been the case. Sortition, the random selection of leaders from the population, served as the primary institution of democracy in ancient Athens. How would citizens in a modern democracy react to the use of sortition to select leaders? This study employs a survey experiment in which subjects read about a local development grant, overseen by either an elected or randomly selected committee. I find that sortition encourages more citizens to seek leadership positions, though other forms of participation remain unchanged. I also find that despite a stated preference for election, subjects see the two committees as equally capable and responsible, even when confronted with corrupt acts and closed door meetings.

This is the archive for the paper "Returning to the Cradle of Democracy: Citizen responses under election and sortition" by Mark M. Fredrickson (mark.m.fredrickson@gmail.com). This repository contains all code and data necessary for creating the document (or download a PDF of the paper).

Requirements

  • UNIX make: make is used to build the paper from component parts. The build process has been tested on OS X. Other command line environments should work, but have not been tested
  • Inkscape: You will need to have Inkscape installed and the inkscape binary available. Due to problems with the OS X build of Inkscape, I have had to include a variable in the Makefile that points to this location. Since you probably have Inkscape installed in a different location than I do, use the following when building: $ make INKSCAPE_PREFIX=/Applications
  • R packages:
    • Hmisc
    • lattice

Building the Paper

Once you have the requirements installed, simply cd to the project directory and run:

$ make INKSCAPE_PREFIX=/Applications 

There is also a task to clean intermediate files (make clean).

Data

The data come from a online survey experiment conducted during the spring and summer of 2011. These particular data represent a snapshot downloaded on 2011-08-12.

License

All text and code are copyright 2010 by Mark M. Fredrickson. All code is licensed under a BSD license. See LICENSE.txt for details. No license is given for the text.

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