Is there a “common good”? Is there “a will of the people”? Can it be revealed by democratic procedures? The course will focus on these fundamental questions through the lens of social choice theory. In his highly influential book ‘Liberalism against Populism’ William Riker argues that democratic decisions are chaotic, meaningless, and arbitrary. The seminar consists of two parts. In the first part of the seminar we will examine Riker’s line of argumentation in detail. In the second part we will analyse alternatives from democratic theory trying to defend democracy against Riker’s pessimistic interpretation of social choice theory.
The course is part of admission "sow935/936/937 Freiwählbares Modul SS".
The following rules apply for the admission:
The enrolment is possible from 15.03.2022, 10:45 to 13.05.2022, 23:59.
A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
The seats will be assigned in order of enrolment.
At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
Degree is Austausch and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
Degree is Master and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
Subject is European Studies in Global Perspectives