Throughout the globe, the structures of representative democracy are facing tremendous pressures and criticism. And many are asking: is representative democracy representative enough? What are the limits of our current existing institutions and conceptual frameworks about elections and political representation?
Drawing on the institutional innovations and constitutional reforms from various countries, including Finland, France and Iceland, Yale Professor of Political Science Helene Landemore in her book, Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century, argues that we ought to rethink our understanding of representative democracy to also include non-electoral but representative functions. Democratic institutions could be more open and participatory, as well as responsive and effective, she argues, if they were able to draw in ordinary citizens into the legislative process through political bodies in which selection in based on lotteries and rotation.
Join us for a conversation on these themes with Helene Landemore and Kevin Duong, UVA Assistant Professor in Politics and Fellow of the Karsh Institute’s Nau Lab on the History and Principles of Democracy.