Inaugural lecture by Honorary Doctorate, professor Annabelle Lever, Sciences Po, Paris
Invitation to Inaugural lecture by Professor Annabelle Lever, Sciences Po, Paris. She is a leading political philosopher, and in 2020 she was awarded Honorary Doctorate at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aalborg University.
15.09.2022 kl. 10.15 - 12.00
Title: Democracy: should we replace elections by random selection?
Should we replace elections with lotteries in whole or in part? The Greeks believed that lotteries were the democratic way to select people for positions of power and responsibility because they gave everyone a mathematically equal chance of being selected and guaranteed rotation amongst those chosen.
The democratic appeal of assemblies of ordinary citizens randomly selected to discuss and decide on common problems has been growing throughout Europe. Should we then consider using them in our legislatures to make them more democratic?
To answer that question, we must consider what treating people as equals means in a democracy, and what it implies for both randomly selected and elected bodies.
The lecture is open for both researchers and students.
Department of Culture and Learning and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Aalborg University, Kroghstraede 3 - lokale 2.128