The Rule of Non-Opposition: Opening Up Decision-Making by Consensus


  • The first versions of this text were discussed during the Workshop of Political Theory of the Political Science Department at Yale University, in April 2011, and during the Workshop Decision-Making by Consensus at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University, Berlin, in October 2013. Thanks to Bryan Garsten, Hélène Landemore, Andrew March, Michael Morrel, Melissa Schwartzberg, Eva Krick and Tanja Pritzlaff for their useful comments. I am especially grateful to Robert Goodin, Stéphanie Novak, Gudrun Kristinsdottir and two anonymous referees for their criticism of the penultimate version of this article.