work in progress

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo) “Implicit Bias and Discrimination

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo) Age Discrimination: Is It Special? IS It Wrong?

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo) Discrimination, Harm, and Meritocracy

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina & Nicolas Olsson Yaouzis (mimeo) “Social Norms, Implicit Bias, and Discrimination

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo)The Weighted Majority Rule with Less than Fully Competent Voters


Project: Bentham and Representative Democracy

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo)Part 1: Benthams argument for representative democracy

Abstract: It is commonly claimed that Jeremy Bentham underwent a “transition to political radicalism” during the last couple of decades of his life. The claim refers to his conversion to defending representative democracy as the only proper form of government, a defence ultimately resting on his theory of the two “sovereign masters” pain and pleasure. In this paper I reconstruct Bentham’s argument for representative democracy according to this foundation, mainly from writings dating after 1809.

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo)Part 2: A Benthamite model of democracy and its problems

Abstract: In this paper, I discuss a Benthamite argument for representative democracy (which closely resembles an argument by James Mill). I derive a simplified model of representative democracy from the argument and examine its merits and problems.

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo) Part 3: Reclaiming Bentham’s deputy

Abstract: In this paper, I deal with an interpretation of Bentham’s notion of a deputy, due to Frederick Rosen, which may constitute an objection to my interpretation of Bentham and the derived Benthamite model.

Berndt Rasmussen, Katharina (mimeo) Part 4: An alternative Benthamite argument

Abstract: In this paper, I consider a Benthamite argument for democracy in terms of equal shares of voting power. I reconstruct this argument and adapt it to the idea of direct democracy. I also provide an overview of various democratic decision methods and discuss three interpretations of ‘voting power’: actual, probable, and potential voting power. I argue that one of them – potential voting power according to the Penrose index – fits best with the Benthamite argument. There is also a discussion about the notion of equality, which is central for much of democratic theory but can be spelled out in a number of ways.