Ilya Somin argues that political ignorance poses problems for democracy. He recommends smaller democracies, where these problems are more tractable.
Heather Gerken admires Somin's work on political ignorance but contrasts it with David Schleicher's: Might more nuanced party loyalties be enough?
Sean Trende argues that voters do better than we might expect given their political ignorance.
Jeffrey Friedman argues that rational ignorance is false. Voters understand neither how little their votes matter, nor how little they know.
Ilya Somin responds to Heather Gerken on federalism, voting with your feet, and voter ignorance.
Ilya Somin replies to Sean Trende: Voters don't know enough to make good decisions.
Ilya Somin replies to Jeffrey Friedman: Most political ignorance is indeed rational, which makes such ignorance much harder to correct.
Jeffrey Friedman explains how rational ignorance theory is contradicted by both voters' actions and their stated beliefs.
Sean Trende argues that voters know well enough to make good decisions, particularly when compared to elites, who make their own share of mistakes.
Ilya Somin defends rational ignorance theory again, arguing that voters see a small chance of influencing outcomes as nonetheless worthwhile.