Vote for apathy? The uninformed are the key ingredient for a working democracy, study finds
- December 19, 2011
- Don Saari, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Mathematics and Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences director, is quoted in the Daily Mail December 19, 2011
From the Daily Mail:
Donald Saari, a professor of mathematics and economics at the University of California-Irvine who studies voting systems, said he sees parallels to the Princeton-led work in markets and politics. Highly informed economic forecasters and political activists frequently lose out to the masses of consumers and regular voters who base decisions on personal preferences and reasons more than on expertise, said Saari, who is familiar with the Science report but had no role in it. 'This study gives us a new interpretation of group decision making that really flies in the face of previous opinions. We usually assume that a highly opinionated and forceful group is going to sway everyone,' Saari said.
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