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Review of Yves Sintomer's The Government of Chance: Sortition from Athens to the Present

Revue de The Government of Chance: Sortition from Athens to the Present par Yves Sintomer

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This is a wonderful book, which brings together and updates Yves Sintomer's two volume Petite histoire de l'expérimentation démocratique. Tirage au sort et politique d'Athènes à nos jours, published in 2011. It covers the history and use of sortition in masterful detail and readable prose and is likely to become the 'go to' book on the topic for many. The book is notable for its geographic coverage, which involves a careful discussion of China, not merely the more usual examples of Athens, Venice, Florence, and Berne, and draws on a huge literature in several languages, although some readers may notice the absence of Neil Duxbury's 1999 book on Random Justice, and Peter Stone's 2011 book, The Luck of the Draw. Sintomer has written an immensely scholarly, engaging and generally persuasive book. We are lucky that his long and deep engagement with sortition and democracy is now available in one highly readable volume.....
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hal-04214685 , version 1 (22-09-2023)

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Annabelle Lever. Review of Yves Sintomer's The Government of Chance: Sortition from Athens to the Present. European Political Science, 2023, online first. ⟨hal-04214685⟩
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