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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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Fallacies of the Traditional Model in Voting

Fallacies of the Traditional Model in Voting

Chapter:
(p.111) 6 Fallacies of the Traditional Model in Voting
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Majority Judgment
Author(s):

Michel Balinski

Rida Laraki

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015134.003.0006

This chapter presents experimental evidence to show the drawbacks of the traditional model of theory of social choice and voting, in which inputs to voters are unrealistic, and voters are not willing to think and express themselves in those terms. Approval voting is discussed in the context of left–right spectra. Another shortcoming of the model is that there are no electoral systems in the world that provide voters with the freedom of expression they deserve and are willing to have. Also, the concept of aggregating rank-orders is useless because it has no concrete meaning.

Keywords:   social choice, voting, Condorcet-winner, Borda-ranking, voters, political candidates

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