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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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Voting in Practice

Voting in Practice

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(p.21) 2 Voting in Practice
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Majority Judgment
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Michel Balinski

Rida Laraki

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015134.003.0002

This chapter describes how politicians have manipulated the elements of electoral systems to show that many properties of methods of social choice and voting are real and can have practical consequences on the parts of candidates and voters. Several voting mechanisms used in practice in several countries, including the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, and France, are also discussed. By practice, it is shown that both the politicians and the voters are engaged in strategic behavior, which must be taken into account when the analysis of electoral systems worldwide is performed.

Keywords:   politicians, electoral systems, social choice, voting, strategic behavior

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