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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)
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Are government coalitions less frequent under presidentialism than under parliamentarism? Do legislative deadlocks occur when presidents do not form majoritarian governments? Are presidential democracies more brittle when they are ruled by minorities? We answer these questions observing almost all democracies that existed between 1946 and 1999. It turns out(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)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to compare the incidence of genital injury following penile-vaginal penetration with and without consent. DESIGN This study compared observations of genital injuries from two cohorts. SETTING Participants were drawn from St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre and a general practice surgery in Manchester, and a(More)
  • David Levi-Faur, Gerhard, +4 authors Meir Yaish
  • 2002
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)
INTRODUCTION Misconceptions about the likelihood of sustaining injuries following rape or sexual assault can have a detrimental effect on the justice process. This is particularly noticeable with regard to first time intercourse. Forensic physicians have a duty to put any examination findings in context. This study sets out to compare the findings in virgin(More)