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Democracy Without Elections – Audio Version

Democracy Without Elections – Audio Version

Could this constitution for a settlement on Mars help us forge a brighter future for democracy?

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Yale political theorist Hélène Landemore made waves on Twitter this week when she published a constitution for an imaginary human settlement on Mars.

At the heart of the document is a powerful idea; one that Landemore says could revitalise our ailing democracies.

So this week, reflections inspired by that: on the states we’re in now, and how Landemore’s system might just be the answer.

If you prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the text version of Democracy Without Elections.

Links in this week’s instalment

1. Yale political theorist Hélène Landemore asked her students to read Red Mars this semester. They complied, and last week Landemore shared the results.


3. John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice famously attempted to ground liberalism in an ‘original position’.

4. Landemore’s constitution sees Mars governed by mini-publics; assemblies of 250 adult individuals chosen every two years via stratified random sampling.

5. Landemore calls this system open democracy, and it’s the subject of a book she’s just published under that name.

6. I’ve written before on how our political system stymies effective planning for the long-term future.

A fine balance

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David Mattin is the founder of the Strategy and Futures Research Unit. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

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