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    Voting the General Will.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2008 - Political Theory 36 (3):403-423.
    Scholars exploring the logic of Rousseau's voting rules have typically turned to the connection between Rousseau and the Marquis de Condorcet. Though Condorcet could not have had a direct influence on Rousseau's arguments about the choice of decision rules in "Social Contract," the possibility of a connection has encouraged the view that Rousseau's selection of voting rules was based on epistemic reasons. By turning to alternative sources of influence on Rousseau--the work of Hugo Grotius and particularly that of Samuel Pufendorf--a (...)
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    Democratic failure.Melissa Schwartzberg & Daniel Viehoff (eds.) - 2020 - New York: New York University Press.
    Explores the challenges facing democracies in the twenty-first century In Democratic Failure, Melissa Schwartzberg and Daniel Viehoff bring together a distinguished group of interdisciplinary scholars in political science, law, and philosophy to explore the key questions and challenges facing democracies, both in the past and present, around the world. In ten timely essays, contributors examine the fascinating, centuries-old question of whether or not democracy can ever fulfill the promise of its ideals. Together, they explore lessons from the history of democracy, (...)
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    Intuitions about the epistemic virtues of majority voting.Hugo Mercier, Martin Dockendorff, Yoshimasa Majima, Anne-Sophie Hacquin & Melissa Schwartzberg - forthcoming - Thinking and Reasoning:1-19.
    The Condorcet Jury Theorem, along with empirical results, establishes the accuracy of majority voting in a broad range of conditions. Here we investigate whether naïve participants (in the U.S. and...
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    Shouts, Murmurs and Votes: Acclamation and Aggregation in Ancient Greece.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2010 - Journal of Political Philosophy 18 (4):448-468.
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    Democracy and Legal Change.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    Since ancient Athens, democrats have taken pride in their power and inclination to change their laws, yet they have also sought to counter this capacity by creating immutable laws. In Democracy and Legal Change, Melissa Schwartzberg argues that modifying law is a fundamental and attractive democratic activity. Against those who would defend the use of 'entrenchment clauses' to protect key constitutional provisions from revision, Schwartzberg seeks to demonstrate historically the strategic and even unjust purposes unamendable laws have typically served, and (...)
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    Jeremy Bentham on Fallibility and Infallibility.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2007 - Journal of the History of Ideas 68 (4):562-586.
    Jeremy Bentham's arguments regarding fallibility and infallibility comprise a fundamental and distinctive dimension of his democratic theory. Writing against the assertion of infallibility in religious, political, and legal contexts, Bentham claimed that authorities encouraged a popular belief in their own infallibility as a means of corrupting the people's faculties of judgment. In so doing, rulers were able to secure their own interests against the public welfare and to inhibit the possibility of utilitarian reform. Such arguments may have influenced John Stuart (...)
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    SymposiumGreen’sJeffrey E.The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship.Richard Avramenko & Melissa Schwartzberg - 2014 - Political Theory 42 (2):188-217.
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    Symposium.Richard Avramenko & Melissa Schwartzberg - 2014 - Political Theory 42 (2):188-217.
  9. Institutions and Majority Rule in Online Communities.Henry Farrell & Melissa Schwartzberg - 2008 - Ethics and International Affairs 22 (4):357-368.
     
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    Norms, Minorities, and Collective Choice Online.Henry Farrell & Melissa Schwartzberg - 2008 - Ethics and International Affairs 22 (4):357-367.
    Building on case studies of Wikipedia and the Daily Kos, this essay argues that different kinds of rules shape relations between members of the majority and of the minority in these communities in important and consequential ways.
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  11. Introduction.Philip Kitcher & Melissa Schwartzberg - 2021 - In Melissa Schwartzberg & Philip Kitcher (eds.), Truth and evidence. New York, N.Y.: NYU Press.
     
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    NOMOS LXI: Political Legitimacy.Jack Knight & Melissa Schwartzberg (eds.) - 2019 - New York: NYU Press.
    Essays on the political, legal, and philosophical dimensions of political legitimacy Scholars, journalists, and politicians today worry that the world’s democracies are facing a crisis of legitimacy. Although there are key challenges facing democracy—including concerns about electoral interference, adherence to the rule of law, and the freedom of the press—it is not clear that these difficulties threaten political legitimacy. Such ambiguity derives in part from the contested nature of the concept of legitimacy, and from disagreements over how to measure it. (...)
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    Democratic Law.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2023 - Philosophical Review 132 (3):520-525.
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  14. Introduction.Melissa Schwartzberg & Daniel Viehoff - 2020 - In Melissa Schwartzberg & Daniel Viehoff (eds.), Democratic failure. New York: New York University Press.
     
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  15. Preface.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2021 - In Melissa Schwartzberg & Philip Kitcher (eds.), Truth and evidence. New York, N.Y.: NYU Press.
     
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    Reconciliation and Repair: NOMOS LXV.Melissa Schwartzberg & Eric Beerbohm (eds.) - 2023 - NYU Press.
    Features contributions that respond to deep challenges to social cohesion from racial injustice In the latest installment of the NOMOS series, a distinguished group of interdisciplinary scholars explore the erosion—and potential rebuilding—of civic bonds in response to injustice, wrongdoing, and betrayal. Contributors address the possibility of reconciliation and repair, drawing on cutting-edge insights from the fields of political science, philosophy, and law. Nine timely essays explore our pivotal moment in history, from the question of reparations for slavery to the from (...)
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    Truth and evidence.Melissa Schwartzberg & Philip Kitcher (eds.) - 2021 - New York, N.Y.: NYU Press.
    The relationship between truth and politics has rarely seemed more vexed. Worries about misinformation and disinformation abound, and the value of expertise for democratic decision-making dismissed. Whom can we trust to provide us with reliable testimony? In Truth and Evidence, the latest in the NOMOS series, Melissa Schwartzberg and Philip Kitcher present nine timely essays shedding light on practices of inquiry. These essays address urgent questions including what it means to #BelieveWomen; what factual knowledge we require to confront challenges like (...)
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  18. Uncompromising democracy.Melissa Schwartzberg - 2018 - In Jack Knight (ed.), Compromise: NOMOS LIX. Nyu Press.
     
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    Book Review: Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State, by Adrian Vermeule. [REVIEW]Melissa Schwartzberg - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (6):980-986.
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    Book Review: Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State, by Adrian VermeuleLaw’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State, by VermeuleAdrian. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. [REVIEW]Melissa Schwartzberg - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171775238.
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