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    Democratic Legitimacy and the Competence Objection.Lachlan Montgomery Umbers - 2019 - Res Publica 25 (2):283-293.
    Elitist scepticism of democracy has a venerable history. This paper responds to the latest round of such scepticism—the ‘competence objection’, articulated in recent work by Jason Brennan. Brennan’s charge is that democracy is unjust because it allows uninformed, irrational, and morally unreasonable voters to exercise power over high-stakes political decisions, thus imposing undue risk upon the citizenry. I show that Brennan’s objection admits of two interpretations, and argue that neither can be sustained on close examination. Along the way, I consider (...)
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    What’s Wrong with Vote Buying.Lachlan Montgomery Umbers - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-21.
    Almost everyone would agree that vote buying is morally wrong, and that prohibitions on vote buying are morally justified. Yet, recently, several philosophers have argued that vote buying is morally permissible, and that it should be legally permitted. This paper begins by examining and criticising arguments that have been offered in defence of vote buying. I then go on to consider existing attempts to explain the wrongness of vote buying, arguing that none is wholly successful. I then advance a novel (...)
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    Against Lottocracy.Lachlan Montgomery Umbers - forthcoming - European Journal of Political Theory.
    Dissatisfaction with democratic institutions has run high in recent years. Perhaps as a result, political theorists have begun to turn their attention to possible alternative modes of political dec...
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    Enfranchising the Youth.Lachlan Montgomery Umbers - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-24.
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    Going to Alone: Cities and States for Climate Action.Lachlan Montgomery Umbers & Jeremy Moss - 2018 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 21 (1):56-59.