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Majority JudgmentMeasuring, Ranking, and Electing$
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Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015134

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015134.001.0001

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A Summing Up

A Summing Up

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Majority Judgment

Michel Balinski

Rida Laraki

The MIT Press

This book has presented several traditional and new methods of social choice theory, providing solutions to the problems of how to elect, judge, or rank. Four major arguments, including human behavior, gaming the vote, meaningfulness, and practice, which make the majority judgment the most suitable method to be used for voting and rating, have also been presented. The creation and use of common languages of grades for voters or judges have also been demonstrated through the Orsay experiment. The book has emphasized that the properties of good mechanisms for aggregating opinions are determined by various elements, including common sense, ethics, and the realities of human behavior.

Keywords:   social choice theory, majority judgment, human behavior, common languages, Orsay experiment

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