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Pyramidal Democracy

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Marcus J. Pivato

Trent University, CA
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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.

How to Cite: Pivato, M. J. (2009). Pyramidal Democracy. Journal of Public Deliberation, 5(1), 8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.82
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Published on 28 May 2009.

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