Legislature by Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance

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About the Author

John Gastil is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is a senior scholar at the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. Recent books he has authored or coedited include The Jury and Democracy, Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement, and a second edition of Democracy in Small Groups.Erik Olin Wright (1947-2019) was Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He authored many books, including Classes, Interrogating Inequality, Class Counts, Deepening Democracy (with Archon Fung), and Envisioning Real Utopias.


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--Michael Burawoy, UC Berkeley

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--Adam Swift, Balliol College, Oxford

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