Volume 18

Democrats, Epistocrats, and the Enfranchisement Lottery

by Claudio López-Guerra

This article defends the enfranchisement lottery—a novel alternative to universal suffrage—against two types of challenges. Some political theorists have recently advanced arguments for traditional democratic institutions that suggest the impermissibility of the enfranchisement lottery as a method for constituting the electorate. On the other hand, epistocrats sympathetic to the idea of creating a more competent electorate have argued that the enfranchisement lottery might not be the best device to that end. Against both of these positions, the article contents that the enfranchisement lottery currently stands as an undefeated option to allocate the legal right to vote.

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