Combined choice: a modern method of democratic decision making

Deliberative democracy Democracy Community participation Decision making Political leadership Political models

For hundreds of years, democratic decisions have been made by voting for or against individual proposals. In this paper, the author argues that this conventional form of decision making can be improved and introduce a method, Combined Choice, that represents decisions, not as a series of proposals, but as a whole.

Where these decisions result in legislation, these documents are combined in one digital file that contains all legislation. Instead of voting on each proposal, decision-makers can put forward an alternative version of this file by adding or removing legislation. Each decision-maker chooses one version and the file with the most support is enforced. The author argues that this method produces better results by giving decision-makers the power to work with citizens, experts, or industry, unconstrained by an archaic decision-making process. Combined Choice also allows greater competition, accommodates innovative new approaches to the development of ideas and ensures greater transparency.

The report provides a detailed technical architecture, and outline how this method may be implemented in practice.

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