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Political Elections Riker Surowiecki I 334
Political Elections/Riker/Surowiecki: Riker thesis: Voters only wanted to reaffirm their participation in the political system instead of trying to influence the outcome of an election. (1) SurowieckiVsRiker: it is easier: people choose because they feel they have to vote. Riker's data also indicated that the "sense of duty" was the most important indicator of ...
Surowiecki I 335
... whether or not someone's going to the polls. In addition, people still want to exert an influence - albeit a minor one.

1. Brian Barry, Sociologists, Economists, and Democracy (University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1978).

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William H. Riker
Liberalism Against Populism: A Confrontation Between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice Long Grove, IL 1988

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James Surowiecki
Die Weisheit der Vielen: Warum Gruppen klüger sind als Einzelne und wie wir das kollektive Wissen für unser wirtschaftliches, soziales und politisches Handeln nutzen können München 2005