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Democracy, like many other organizations and systems, is filled to the brim with flawed and irrational people. Democracy Despite Itself explains, with clever arguments, how we are able to transcend these limitations and harness them to our benefit through a perfectly imperfect democratic system.
— Dan Ariely, James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University; Author of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty and Predictably Irrational
A provocative meditation on a profound question: why does democracy work—at all—when voters are so often irrational? In lucid prose filled with compelling examples, Oppenheimer and Edwards grapple with one of the deepest questions society faces: how to organize itself, in light of the inherent frailty of the human mind.
— Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology, New York University; Author of Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of The Human Mind