Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter


  • 26/11/2013
Professor Ilya Somin will speak about his recently published work Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter(Stanford University Press, 2013). The book makes the most comprehensive case yet that widespread political ignorance strengthens the case for limiting and decentralizing government power. The examples of political ignorance provided are both entertaining and, ultimately, deeply thought provoking.

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.  His work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others. Somin has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Room for Debate website, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, South China Morning Post, Legal Times, National Law Journal and Reason. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera and the Voice of America, among other media.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.


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