Re: POLI: Random democracy

Eric Watt Forste (
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 12:27:43 -0800

Robin Hanson writes:
>You could now run for office on a platform that if elected, you
>will replace yourself with a randomly selected member of your
>electorate. Since people do not now run on such platforms, I
>suspect that voters do not in fact trust such a random person to
>do as well.

This is bad evidence, because legislators cannot replace themselves
with whomever they like. In the US federal House of Representatives,
a legislator can resign at will, but the replacement is chosen by
a special election called by the executive authority of the state
from which the legislator was elected. Similar schemes are in effect
in most other polities with representative legislatures.

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ 
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