Against Democracy

2017.05.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Brennan, Against Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2016, 288pp., $18.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780691178493. Reviewed by
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2017.05.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Brennan, Against Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2016, 288pp., $18.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780691178493. Reviewed by Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona Jason Brennan's book is a lively and entertaining exploration of an important pair of questions: (1) how can democracies work when the citizens who are supposed to rule are not very well informed about the substance and form of government and policy? and, (2) can we do better with non-democratic government? The basic difficulty with Brennan's discussion is that he is inclined to proceed from a poorly understood micro-theory of democracy to conclusions about how well democracy works. He doesn't always hold to this -- indeed there are times when he suggests that democracies overall work pretty well and then wonders how this is possible -- but the main thrust of the book starts from the micro-theory, which is simply not strong enough to... . . .

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