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Demarchy; random selection of decision makers

Demarchy is an alternative to electoral democracy based on a network of numerous decision-making groups. Each group deals with a specific function, such as transport, land use or health services in a local area. The membership of each body is chosen randomly from all who volunteer to be on it.

Lyn Carson and Brian Martin. Random selection of citizens for technological decision making. Science and Public Policy, Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2002, pp. 105-113.

Lyn Carson and Brian Martin. Random Selection in Politics (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999). Historical, contemporary and possible future uses of random selection for choosing decision makers.

Brian Martin. Democracy without elections. Social Anarchism, No. 21, 1995-1996. A lengthy article on problems with representative democracy, standard alternatives and their limitations, and demarchy.
Reprinted in Finnish in Timo Ahonen et al. (eds.), Väärin Ajateltua: Anarkistisia Puheenvuoroja Herruudettomasta Yhteiskunnasta (Kampus Kustannus, 2001), pp. 113-144. A truncated version appeared in Bulletin of Anarchist Research, No. 25, pp. 8-20 (Autumn 1991). An earlier, greatly abridged version appeared in Social Alternatives, Vol. 8, No. 4, January 1990, pp. 13-18. Reprinted in Russian in Black Line, supplement, 1993, pp. 7-27. Revised version in Howard Ehrlich (ed.), Reinventing Anarchy Again (Edinburgh: AK Press, 1996), pp. 123-136.

Brian Martin. Are elections the ultimate in democracy? Green Left, 14 July 1993, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Demarchy: a democratic alternative to electoral politics. Kick It Over, No. 30, Fall 1992, pp. 11-13. A short treatment of demarchy plus a critique by Nils Connor.

Review of John Burnheim, Is Democracy Possible?, in Social Anarchism, No. 15, 1990, pp. 78-81.

Demarchy (pamphlet). Wollongong: By Lot, 1989, revised 2001. The basic ideas of demarchy.



Brian Martin. Effective crisis governance. In State of the World 2013. Is Sustainability Still Possible? Erik Assadourian and Tom Prugh, project directors; Linda Starke, editor (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2013), pp. 269-278, 416-417. The advantages of flexible governance in a crisis.

Chris Barker and Brian Martin. Participation: the happiness connection. Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 7, Issue 1, Article 9, 2011, pp. 1-16,

Lyn Carson and Brian Martin. Social institutions in East Timor: following in the undemocratic footsteps of the West. Portuguese Studies Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2003, pp. 123-136.

Brian Martin. Australian republic: so what? Freedom, Vol. 60, No. 24, 11 December 1999, p. 6; a version appeared in Broad Left (Wollongong), No. 110, December 1999, p.2.

Brian Martin. Protest in a liberal democracy. Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 20, Nos. 1-2, January-June 1994, pp. 13-24. An earlier version appeared in Human Rights Commission, The Right of Peace Protest Seminar, Canberra, 3-4 July 1986 Papers, Occasional Paper No. 14 (Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1986), pp. 93-117.

Brian Martin. Australian political antics. Freedom, Vol. 53, No. 4, 22 February 1992, p. 4.

Brian Martin. Compulsory voting: a useful target for anti-state action? The Raven, Vol. 4, No. 2, April-June 1991, pp. 130-139.

Brian Martin. Green election fever. Chain Reaction, No. 59, pp. 24-27 (Spring 1989).

Brian Martin. Left in the cold as ALP shifts right. Advertiser, 28 October 1987, p. 9.

Brian Martin. Environmentalism and electoralism. Ecologist, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 110-118 (1984).


Also of interest

F. E. Emery, Toward Real Democracy and Toward Real Democracy: Further Problems (Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Labour; Ontario Quality of Working Life Centre, 1989). 10MB