•  8
    Social norms of coordination and cooperation
    Social Philosophy and Policy 35 (1): 77-100. 2018.
  •  5
    Reply to Green
    Political Theory 38 (2): 276-281. 2010.
  •  22
    Introduction: New frontiers in global justice
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16 (2): 151-161. 2013.
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  • Democracy Defended
    Cambridge University Press. 2003.
    Is there a public good? A prevalent view in political science is that democracy is unavoidably chaotic, arbitrary, meaningless, and impossible. Such scepticism began with Condorcet in the eighteenth century, and continued most notably with Arrow and Riker in the twentieth century. In this powerful book, Gerry Mackie confronts and subdues these long-standing doubts about democratic governance. Problems of cycling, agenda control, strategic voting, and dimensional manipulation are not sufficiently…Read more
  •  250
    Schumpeter's Leadership Democracy
    Political Theory 37 (1): 128-153. 2009.
    Schumpeter's redefinition of representative democracy as merely leadership competition was canonical in postwar political science. Schumpeter denies that individual will, common will, or common good are essential to democracy, but he, and anyone, I contend, is forced to assume these conditions in the course of denying them. Democracy is only a method, of no intrinsic value, its sole function to select leaders, according to Schumpeter. Leaders impose their views, and are not controlled by voters,…Read more
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    Ken Binmore, Natural Justice:Natural Justice
    Ethics 116 (4): 776-780. 2006.
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    Does democratic deliberation change minds?
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5 (3): 279-303. 2006.
    Discussion is frequently observed in democratic politics, but change in view is rarely observed. Call this the ‘unchanging minds hypothesis’. I assume that a given belief or desire is not isolated, but, rather, is located in a network structure of attitudes, such that persuasion sufficient to change an attitude in isolation is not sufficient to change the attitude as supported by its network. The network structure of attitudes explains why the unchanging minds hypothesis seems to be true, and wh…Read more
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    Astroturfing Infotopia
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 56 (119): 30-56. 2009.
    Cass Sunstein details intrinsic flaws in group discussion, even in ideal deliberation, and draws attention to prediction markets and information-aggregation devices on the internet as supplements to discussion. I respond that the supposed flaws do not affect ideal deliberation, and that the evaluation of group discussion is too pessimistic: there are alternative hypotheses to account for his findings, and there are doubts about their external validity. Also, I contend that his evaluation of pred…Read more
  •  4
    Astroturfing Infotopia
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 56 (120): 30-56. 2009.
    Cass Sunstein details intrinsic flaws in group discussion, even in ideal deliberation, and draws attention to prediction markets and information-aggregation devices on the internet as supplements to discussion. I respond that the supposed flaws do not affect ideal deliberation, and that the evaluation of group discussion is too pessimistic: there are alternative hypotheses to account for his findings, and there are doubts about their external validity. Also, I contend that his evaluation of pred…Read more