Electoral dysfunction: why democracy is always unfair
Stewart, Ian, 1945-. (2010) Electoral dysfunction: why democracy is always unfair. New Scientist, Vol.206 (No.2758). pp. 28-31. ISSN 0262-4079Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627581.400...
In an ideal world, elections should be two things: free and fair. Every adult, with a few sensible exceptions, should be able to vote for a candidate of their choice, and each single vote should be worth the same. Ensuring a free vote is a matter for the law. Making elections fair is more a matter for mathematicians. They have been studying voting systems for hundreds of years, looking for sources of bias that distort the value of individual votes, and ways to avoid them. Along the way, they have turned up many paradoxes and surprises. What they have not done is come up with the answer. With good reason: it probably doesn't exist.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Mathematics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||New Scientist|
|Publisher:||Reed Business Information Ltd.|
|Official Date:||28 April 2010|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 28-31|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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