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Epistocracy and constitutions

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Recently, some political commentators and academics have suggested that we should replace democracy with ‘epistocracy’, or rule by the competent. Drawing on historical case studies in Britain, India and the United States, the first part of this thesis sheds light on the use of franchise restrictions, legislative office qualifications, and indirect elections as epistocratic mechanisms concerned with competence in the legislative assembly. The second part of the thesis offers a normative cri...

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SSD
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Politics & Int Relations
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Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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2019-07-08

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