What if we harnessed the collective wisdom of the crowds and delegated democratic leadership to the masses? In her book Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the 21st Century, Yale’s Hélène Landemore proposes a radically new vision for “what genuine democratic representation means and how we could open up our narrow electoral institutions to ordinary citizens, including via [what she calls] open mini-publics.” Drawing from ancient Athenian democracy of the past and the promise of digital technologies of the future, she joins Capitalisn’t podcast hosts Bethany McLean and Luigi Zingales to talk through this vision of participatory democracy.

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