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2003 3 Dec: Paper on sortition from Lockard; rent-seeking angle

Posted by kleroterion on Sunday, 20 December 2009

Decision by sortition: A means to reduce rent-seeking ALAN A. LOCKARD   Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut 2002, U.S.A. Public Choice 116: 435–451, 2003.(November)

Conall Boyle posted this

“An interesting paper from an unlikely source: An Economist!

 

Decision by sortition: A means to reduce rent-seeking

ALAN A. LOCKARD   Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut 2002, U.S.A.

 

Abstract. This essay gives an overview of how a randomized decision mechanism (sortition)

can be expected to reduce the intensity of self-interested activity by rent-seeking factions

within democracies. The social costs of rent-seeking are briefly reviewed. I then make the

case that randomization of collective decision making procedures attenuates rent-seeking expenditures.

I illustrate the argument by reference to the highly contested Presidential election

of 2000. Finally, I buttress that argument by comparing plurality voting and sortition within

the context of Tullock’s Efficient Rent-seeking model (1980).

 

Public Choice 116: 435–451, 2003.(November)

Conall Boyle

Margam Park Village, West Glamorgan

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