Technology For Better or Worse: Its Impact on Humanities, Development and Beyond
November 14, 2019
The humanities are dead. We heard it all before. Yet, contrary to common perception, the technological transformation of our society will not…Read More
Who do Referenda represent?
March 7, 2017
Sebastian Ille, Lecturer in Economics, New College of the Humanities — The public vote on Brexit has left many flabbergasted and rekindled the media discussion about a more direct and decentralised democratic process. Those against referenda essentially claim that a representative democracy is better placed to make decisions on complex matters of state, while being less susceptible to demagogues or “fake news”. Supporters of referenda suggest that elections are subject to gerrymandering, while representatives are only bound by incomplete contracts, thus face the same demagogic forces and their own personal ambition for power. Furthermore, according to them referenda strengthen voters’ interest, increase turnout, and acceptance of results. In the end, isn’t an individual more apt to express their intentions and preferences than a representative?Read More