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The two most influential traditions of contemporary theorizing about democracy, social choice theory and deliberative democracy, are generally thought to be at loggerheads, in that the former demonstrates the impossibility, instability or meaninglessness of the rational collective outcomes sought by the latter. We argue that the two traditions can be(More)
We describe a method for statistical learning from speech documents that we apply to the Congressional Record in order to gain new insight into the dynamics of the political agenda. Prior efforts to evaluate the attention of elected representatives across topic areas have largely been expensive manual coding exercises and are generally circumscribed along(More)
This paper analyses the roles of property and land values in the UK economy and considers property tax reform with the objectives of improving macroeconomic stability, resource allocation , economic inequality and the environment. With UK house prices at all-time peaks relative to incomes, concerns about affordability and the distributional consequences(More)
Majority cycling and related social choice paradoxes are often thought to threaten the meaningfulness of democracy. Deliberation can protect against majority cycles—not by inducing unanimity, which is unrealistic, but by bringing preferences closer to single-peakedness. We present the first empirical test of this hypothesis, using data from Deliberative(More)
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On herds, shepherds and lost sheep in the liberalization of the telecommunications and electricity industries Abstract While there is growing recognition of the role of emulation in the policy process in general and in policy transfer in particular there are only limited efforts to model it in a systematic way. This paper takes this challenge through a(More)
Most accounts of welfare aggregation in the tradition of Arrow's (1951/1963) and Sen's (1970/1979) social-choice-theoretic frameworks represent the welfare of an individual in terms of a single welfare ordering or a single scalar-valued welfare function. I develop a multidimensional generalization of Arrow's and Sen's frameworks, representing individual(More)
Majority cycling and related social choice paradoxes are often thought to threaten the meaningfulness of democracy. But deliberation can prevent majority cycles – not by inducing unanimity, which is unrealistic, but by bringing preferences closer to single-peakedness. We present the first empirical test of this hypothesis, using data from Deliberative(More)