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Title: Epistocracy and constitutions
Author: Bhatia, Udit
ISNI:       0000 0004 7966 3930
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2019
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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 critique of each of these mechanisms, demonstrating why these would be either self-defeating or simply futile from an epistemic perspective.
Supervisor: Frazer, Elizabeth Sponsor: University of Oxford
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science