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Holmes, WN 2002 , 'Representative Democracy and the [Computing] Profession' , Computer, vol. 35, no. 2 , 120, 118-119 , doi: 10.1109/2.982928.

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This essay suggests that many "democracies" are only democratic in any serious way in the lead up to an election, being otherwise economocratic, and describes a three-stage reform exploiting digital technology that could go some way to correcting this blemish: one citizen, one parliamentary vote; double representative electorates; and continuous elections.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: democracy, economocracy, parliamentary voting, electorates, representative democracy, continuous elections
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/2.982928
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