Convenor: Ian Carroll

ian.carroll@nuffield.ox.ac.uk

Electoral reform is back on the agenda in a number of countries, prompted by widespread dissatisfaction with existing political institutions. There is a substantial technical literature on electoral systems and institutional design but, with a few notable exceptions, contributions from normative political philosophy have been more scarce.

This panel invites proposals for papers which will apply theories of justice to the problems of electoral system design, or identify principles within democratic theory which support certain solutions to those problems, or engage critically with proposals for electoral reform from the perspective of normative political philosophy.

Topics for papers might include:

* The proper role of second chambers in contemporary legislatures

* Assessments of the virtues of various voting systems

* Proposals to employ lotteries in place of elections

* Conceptions of representation which electoral systems ought to realise

* Principles for (re-)districting and the problem of partisan manipulation

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