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Piv09 Marcus J. Pivato. 2009. Pyramidal democracy. Journal of Public Deliberation. 5:1.


  1. ^ a b Piv09, p. 2
  2. ^ a b Pyramidal democracy is intended as "a deliberative institution which allows the entire electorate to continually and substantively participate in the legislative process".1
  3. ^ Dating from the archived draft
  4. ^ a b c Piv09, p. 5
  5. ^ Viewing the candidate as a kind of pyramidal party that the participant chooses "based on ideological affinity",4 that candidate is mutable in its membership and other properties.
  6. ^ Piv09, p. 3
  7. ^ a b The participants together decide the membership of a legislative assembly. "The top Tier (called the Parliament)... will be part of the legislative branch of the government."6
  8. ^ In deciding the membership of the assembly,7 one's participation is not limited to deciding the issue of a specific office or seat, as it would be in a single-winner method. "Citizens choose a node based on ideological affinity, rather than being assigned a node based on geographical proximity."4 It is more like party-list proportional representation with open lists.
  9. ^ The issue is continuously decided because 'a member can “defect” from a node at any time if she is dissatisfied with the consensus position of that node', and the '[d]elegates can be replaced at any time.'4
  10. ^ Infinite. "Citizens self-organize into ... nodes"1 that are themselves the immedidate candidates. The range of choice this opens is effectively unbound.