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Unpublished Paper
Material Conditions for the Law of Democracy: the Problem of Information Asymmetry in Voting Decisions.
ExpressO (2014)
  • Rafael E de O Baptista
Abstract

The proposal of the present paper is to explore the informational asymmetry that exists between politicians and citizens, especially towards voting, and directives for regulation and public policies that may diminish it. We develop a reading of the specialized literature, alongside the case study of a civil society organization that develops this institutional role in the city of Jundiaí, Brazil, which, albeit restricted geographically, leads up to broader implications. Based on these sets of data, we develop the following argument: information asymmetry is a problem in any context where rationality in voting decisions are a value to be pursued. In this situation, policy and legislation can be designed to interact with society in order to achieve this value by three different basic ways: a) providing relevant, unbiased and accurate information; b) increasing the data processing capability of individuals; c) emulating the effects of full information.

Keywords
  • Informational Asymmetry,
  • Political Information,
  • Citizenship,
  • Voting,
  • Law of Democracy
Disciplines
Publication Date
October 15, 2014
Citation Information
Rafael E de O Baptista. "Material Conditions for the Law of Democracy: the Problem of Information Asymmetry in Voting Decisions." ExpressO (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rafael_baptista/1/