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Lotteries in Public Life


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Table of Contents Editor's Introduction 1. Vilhelm Aubert, Chance in Social Affairs 2. Dael Wolfle, Chance, or Human Judgment? 3. Dennis C. Mueller, Robert D. Tollison, and Thomas D. Willett, Representative Democracy via Random Selection 4. Hank Greely, The Equality of Allocation by Lot 5. George Sher, What Makes a Lottery Fair? 6. Barbara Goodwin, Justice and the Lottery 7. Richard G. Mulgan, Lot as a Democratic Device of Selection 8. Lewis A. Kornhauser and Lawrence G. Sager, Just Lotteries 9. Torstein Eckhoff, Lotteries in Allocative Situations 10. Fredrik Engelstad, The Assignment of Political Office by Lot 11. Willem K.B. Hofstee, Allocation by Lot: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis 12. John Broome, Fairness 13. David Wasserman, Let Them Eat Chances: Probability and Distributive Justice 14. Sigmund Knag, Let's Toss for It: A Surprising Curb on Political Greed

About the Author

Peter Stone is Lecturer in Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin. Previously he has taught Political Science at Stanford University and held a Faculty Fellowship at Tulane University's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs in New Orleans. His publications include The Luck of the Draw: The Role of Lotteries in Decision Making (OUP 2011).


"Because lotteries are used in many societies to resolve issues and perhaps because of recent discussion of the use of the lottery to allocate school places, this is a hot issue which raises fundamental questions about democracy and choice... I was left thinking that when we allow ourselves to be mastered by chance, perhaps we are closer to admitting the limits of human knowledge and capability, and thus perhaps we are more genuinely close to an almost spiritual acceptance of fate." -- Andy Lancaster Bookbag

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