Democratically elected aristocracies

David Heyd*, Uzi Segal

*Corresponding author for this work

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The article suggests a formal model of a two-tier voting procedure, which unlike traditional voting systems does not presuppose that every vote counts the same. In deciding a particular issue voters are called in the first round to assign categories of their fellow-citizens with differential voting power (or weights) according to the special position or concern individuals are perceived to have with regard to that issue. In the second stage, voters vote on the issue itself according to their substantive view and their votes are counted in the light of the differential weights assigned in the first round. We analyze formal and philosophical reasons that support the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-127
Number of pages25
JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


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