sortition rests on two rather unique properties of random sampling.
First, sortition was the main system for choosing political officials in ancient Athens.
Still, there are other places where, like trial juries, sortition make sense.
Really, sortition strikes at the tension at the heart of elective representative democracy.
The real effect of sortition was to equalize the chances of rich and poor without civil strife.
At what date was election by lot, or sortition, introduced for the archonship?