Friday, October 12, 2012

American Political Choice: Sheena Iyengar Interview

Sheena Iyengar, researcher of choice
In this podcast, Stephen Garvey, FDA Executive Director, interviews Sheena Iyengar, Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School and Research Director at the Jerome Chazen Institute of International Business. In addition, Sheena's research over last two decades has focused on choice, and in 2010 she made a TED speech on her choice research. Sheena talks directly about American political choice in light of the American two-party federal system and the Electoral College. She argues that democracy comes down to the will of group decisions as opposed to the will of the people, and that democracies must strike a balance between stability/structure and freedom of choice. Although the American political system limits electoral choice of the president and vice-president, this limitation prevents erroneous decisions by the will of the majority, and thereby favors structure/stability over liberty/instability. Interestingly, Sheena points that the Framers of the American Constitution set up the American federal electoral system so that elites can control the country, and this control by elites continues today indefinitely.

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