By Josiah Ober

When does democracy paintings good, and why? Is democracy the simplest kind of govt? those questions are of perfect significance this day because the usa seeks to advertise its democratic values in a foreign country. Democracy and Knowledge is the 1st publication to appear to old Athens to give an explanation for how and why without delay democratic executive by means of the folks produces wealth, energy, and security.

Combining a heritage of Athens with modern theories of collective motion and rational selection constructed by means of economists and political scientists, Josiah Ober examines Athenian democracy's precise contribution to the traditional Greek city-state's outstanding good fortune, and demonstrates the precious classes Athenian political practices carry for us at the present time. He argues that the foremost to Athens's luck lay in how the city-state controlled and arranged the aggregation and distribution of data between its voters. Ober explores the institutional contexts of democratic wisdom administration, together with using social networks for gathering details, exposure for development universal wisdom, and open entry for decreasing transaction expenses. He explains why a government's try to dam the stream of data makes democracy stumble. Democratic participation and deliberation devour kingdom assets and social strength. but as Ober exhibits, some great benefits of a well-designed democracy a ways outweigh its costs.

figuring out how democracy can result in prosperity and safeguard is one of the such a lot urgent political demanding situations of recent occasions. Democracy and Knowledge finds how historical Greek politics can assist us go beyond the democratic dilemmas that confront the area today.

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