The Legitimacy of Random Draws

Interview with Gil Delannoi
About his recent work
  • Hand reaches for a random "Admit One" ticket in a bowl  Crédits Adam Alagna / ShHand reaches for a random "Admit One" ticket in a bowl Crédits Adam Alagna / Sh

Denigrated when used to select students in some university programmes, or appreciated as a means to breathe new life into democracy, random draws are controversial. In his book “Le Tirage au sort: Comment l’utiliser" (FR) [The Random Draw: How to Use It], CEVIPOF researcher Gil Delannoi (FR) presents its characteristics and the many ways of implementing it. After outlining the factors determining the quality of a random draw, he calls for its judicious implementation in our institutions. Gil Delannoi is convinced that a well-designed random draw can enrich democracy... read more

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