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A (MAINLY EPISTEMIC) CASE FOR MULTIPLE-VOTE MAJORITY RULE

Richard Bradley c1 and Christopher Thompson

Abstract

Multiple-vote majority rule is a procedure for making group decisions in which individuals weight their votes on issues in accordance with how competent they are on them. When individuals are motivated by the truth and know their relative competence on different issues, multiple-vote majority rule performs nearly as well, epistemically speaking, as rule by an expert oligarchy, but is still acceptable from the point of view of equal participation in the political process.

(Online publication April 04 2012)

Correspondence

c1 r.bradley@lse.ac.uk

RICHARD BRADLEY is Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He works mainly in decision theory, but has also published on conditionals, social choice and formal epistemology.

CHRIS THOMPSON is completing a PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on social epistemology generally and epistemic democracy in particular.