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  1.  89
    A Conditional Defense of Plurality Rule: Generalizing May's Theorem in a Restricted Informational Environment.Robert E. Goodin & Christian List - 2006 - American Journal of Political Science 50 (4):940-949.
    May's theorem famously shows that, in social decisions between two options, simple majority rule uniquely satisfies four appealing conditions. Although this result is often cited in support of majority rule, it has never been extended beyond decisions based on pairwise comparisons of options. We generalize May's theorem to many-option decisions where voters each cast one vote. Surprisingly, plurality rule uniquely satisfies May's conditions. This suggests a conditional defense of plurality rule: If a society's balloting procedure collects only a single vote (...)
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  2. "Tocqueville, Jansenism, and the Psychology of Freedom".Michael Locke McLendon - 2006 - American Journal of Political Science 50 (3):664-675.
    In American political discourse, freedom is often spoken of in terms of its inherent rationality or divine origins and is conceptualized as nothing more than a set of concrete institutions coupled with individual rights. By way of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, I will attempt to broaden our political vocabulary by constructing a psychology of freedom. AccordingtoTocqueville,theAmericanconsciousnessislargelyaproductoftwoconflictingtendencies:Cartesianr ationality and Pascalian existential angst. Out of the tensions created by the interplay of these two elements Tocqueville demonstrates that the motivations to sustain freedom, as (...)
     
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