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Ebook | $2.99 Short | ISBN: 9780262318150 | 42 pp. | January 2014
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A BIT of Democracy Despite Itself


Voters often make irrational decisions based on inaccurate and irrelevant information. Politicians are often inept, corrupt, or out of touch with the will of the people. This BIT examines how democracy can lead to successful outcomes even when the defining characteristic of democracy, elections, is flawed.

Purchasers of this MIT Press BIT will also receive a discount code (good on the MIT Press website only) for 40% off the price of the book Democracy Despite Itself, from which this BIT is excerpted. Please email with your order number to receive your discount code.

About the Authors

Danny Oppenheimer is on the faculty at UCLA with a joint appointment in Psychology and the Anderson School of Management.

Mike Edwards founded and regularly contributes to, a blog on politics and media.