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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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Electing versus Ranking in the Traditional Model

Electing versus Ranking in the Traditional Model

(p.67) 4 Electing versus Ranking in the Traditional Model
Majority Judgment

Michel Balinski

Rida Laraki

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the pros and cons of electing and ranking methods of the traditional model of social choice, and depicts the situation for large classes of methods as more chaotic than is depicted in Arrow’s impossibility theorem. Candidate-scoring methods, including Borda and Condorcet-ranking methods, are discussed, along with their contrasting ideologies. Suggestions are presented for discarding both Borda and Condorcet approaches on the grounds that the former is depicted as the sole winner while the latter is used for ranking designation. Incompatibility between rankings and winners under the traditional model is explored, following the difference between problem of choice and the problem of ranking.

Keywords:   social choice, ranking method, electing method, traditional model, Borda-ranking, Condorcet-ranking, Arrow’s impossibility theorem

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