Pyramidal Democracy

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I propose a decentralized, multilayered representative democracy, where citizens participate in deliberative policy formation after self-organizing into a pyramidal hierarchy of small groups. Each group elects a delegate, who expresses the deliberative consensus of that group at the next tier of the pyramid. The pyramid thus acts as a communications network which efficiently aggregates useful information and policy ideas. It is also a powerful meritocratic device, which channels legislative responsibility towards the most committed and competent citizens. This yields a practical implementation of deliberative democracy in a large polity.

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Pivato M., (2008) “Pyramidal Democracy”, Journal of Public Deliberation 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.82

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Marcus J. Pivato (Trent University)

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