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Liliane Lopez-Rabatel et Yves Sintomer (Eds.), Sortition and Democracy : History, Tools, Theories, Exter (UK) : Imprint Academic, coll. « Sortition and Public Policy », 2020 - 530 p.

After two centuries during which it had nearly disappeared in Western countries, sortition is used again as a method of selecting people who could speak for, and in certain cases decide for, all the citizenry. What is the meaning of this comeback ? To answer this question, this book offers a historical analysis. It brings together a number of the best specialists on political sortition from antiquity to contemporary experiments, in Europe but also in the Ancient Middle East and in imperial China. With a transdisciplinary perspective, this volume demonstrates that sortition has been a crucial device in political history ; that the instruments and places where sortition was practised matter for the understanding of the social and political logics at stake ; and that these logics have been quite different, random selection being sometimes an instrument of radical democracy and in other contexts a tool for solving conflicts among elites. Will sortition in politics helps to democratize democracy in the twenty-first century ?

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- ISBN : 978-1-78836-016-6 / 978-1-78836-015-9

9 mars 2020

Yves Sintomer

Professeur à l’Université Paris 8
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