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Voting Systems

Mathematics and economics of ballots

Tom Gauld:

Voting system
Voting system

See also eigenmorality, distributed sensing, the wisdom of crowds, insurgency.

There’s lots of interesting mathematics around this democracy business, and its shortcomings. Insert disclaimers about the complicated relationship between is and ought, and model and actuality. Anyway… I’ll look at that here. Whining about modern democratic failure I’ll leave to capitalism’s end game and practical analysis to psephology.

Alternatives to voting for deciding things

Sortition - government by random sampling of representatives from the population. What statistician could avoid at least toying with this idea?

David Van Reybrouck’s Against Elections (2014)

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