Item description for Voting Paradoxes and How to Deal with Them by Hannu Nurmi...
Voting paradoxes are unpleasant surprises encountered in elections. They pertain to such phenomena as additional support being detrimental for candidates and not voting leading to better outcomes than voting for some voters. No voting system is immune to all paradoxes and, therefore voting paradoxes are being dealt with by all voting systems currently in use. How they are and how they should be handled is the main subject of this book. The book outlines, explains and classifies a number of paradoxes: Borda`s and Condorcet`s classic ones, several monotonicity and compound majority paradoxes as well as some paradoxes of representation. Both theoretical and practical ways of avoiding them are discussed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 18, 1999
ISBN 3540662367 ISBN13 9783540662365
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More About Hannu Nurmi
Hannu Nurmi was born in 1960 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Turku, Finland.
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Neat Little Book May 26, 2001
I have some passing familiarity with game theory and I'm a political junkie, so I couldn't resist checking it out when I stumbled across it. It is most definitely a technical volume, and the reader should not be intimidated by quantitative reasoning.
I particularly liked the chapters on particular types of paradoxes and their implications in various voting systems. It's quite straight-forward in its rundown on various voting systems, a point-by-point comparison. It doesn't get overly long or assume too much background, and it provides a little history from time to time.
You learn all about run-off elections, elections where you rank candidates, elections where you give different point values to candidates, etc. You learn all of the bizzare things that can happen (like a candidate receiving so much support that he loses the election). Really an informative book. My mind was certainly opened.
Of course, I don't expect to see the ideas of this book influence the way we hold elections in the U.S., but one can hope......