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Democracy Despite Itself

Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well

Co-authored with Danny Oppenheimer.  Published by MIT Press.

Democracy Despite Itself  is a non-partisan book on political decision-making appropriate for a general audience including advanced high school and introductory college students.

Democracy … 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, Duke University
Author of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty and Predictably Irrational

Learn more at the book’s website and Mike’s Goodreads author page.
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Selected Articles

“Why Greece’s ‘Suicidal’ Referendum Is Still a Good Idea: While It Won’t Save the Economy, a Vote at Least May Prevent Social and Political Upheaval”
Zocalo Public Square article by Mike Edwards and Danny Oppenheimer, July 2, 2015.
Republished by (July 6, 2015) and (July 8, 2015)

“Stop the Debates”
Huffington Post article by Mike Edwards, October 18, 2012.

“Eliminate the Electoral College”
Huffington Post article by Mike Edwards and Danny Oppenheimer, September 27, 2012.

Other Huffington Post articles.