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Finding Genius Podcast

Jun 19, 2022

In this episode, we are joined by Olly Dowlen, the author of The Political Potential of Sortition: A study of the random selection of citizens for public office (Sortition and Public Policy), a book that examines the benefits that sortition can bring to the political community. As a researcher, Olly is interested in the value of involving citizens in the democratic decision-making process by utilizing randomly selected control groups. 

Listen now to learn about:

  • Olly’s current research efforts, and his interest in the “extension of democracy”. 
  • Examples of how democracy has been abused or corrupted. 
  • The role juries play in democratic decision-making. 

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What would it look like for democracies to start involving their people with sortition-based political strategies? Click play to find out!

You can explore more about sortition by purchasing Olly’s book here

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