Handbook of Social Choice and Voting

Handbook of Social Choice and Voting

Edited by Jac C. Heckelman and Nicholas R. Miller

This Handbook provides an overview of interdisciplinary research related to social choice and voting that is intended for a broad audience. Expert contributors from various fields present critical summaries of the existing literature, including intuitive explanations of technical terminology and well-known theorems, suggesting new directions for research.

Chapter 17: Multiple-winner voting rules

Nicolaus Tideman

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, public choice theory, politics and public policy, political economy, public choice


This chapter is concerned with explaining and evaluating voting rules that might be used when the outcome of a vote will be the selection of multiple winners. The rules that are discussed are: ● the single non-transferable vote (SNTV); ● plurality-at-large voting; ● limited voting; ● cumulative voting; ● two versions of proportional representation by party lists (party-list PR); ● three versions of proportional representation by the single transferable vote (STV); ● a hybrid of STV and party-list PR. The qualities in terms of which the rules are evaluated are: ● the ease of understanding the rules; ● the ease of voting; ● the ease of counting the election; ● the likely representativeness of the elected candidates; ● the ability of the rules to minimize the role of strategy in voting. The meanings and relevance of the first three qualities are obvious.

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