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Dead Heat: The 2006 Public Choice Society Election

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  • Steven Brams

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  • Michael Hansen

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  • Michael Orrison

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In 2006, the Public Choice Society chose a new president using approval voting. There were five candidates, and the election was extremely close. We indicate the sources of support of the different candidates, based in part on spectral analysis, by voters who cast between one and five votes. Using preference information that was also gathered, we show that two candidates different from the approval voting winner, including the apparent Condorcet winner, might have won under different voting systems. Because most voters did not indicate their complete preference rankings, however, these differences are hardly robust, especially since the outcome was essentially a dead heat. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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Volume (Year): 128 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 361-366

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:128:y:2006:i:3:p:361-366

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Keywords: Public Choice Society; Approval voting; Spectral analysis; Condorcet winner; Borda count; Hare system;

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  1. Brams, Steven J. & Fishburn, Peter C., 2002. "Voting procedures," Handbook of Social Choice and Welfare, in: K. J. Arrow & A. K. Sen & K. Suzumura (ed.), Handbook of Social Choice and Welfare, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 4, pages 173-236 Elsevier.
  2. Steven Brams & Peter Fishburn, 2005. "Going from theory to practice: the mixed success of approval voting," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 457-474, December.
  3. Steven Brams & D. Kilgour & M. Sanver, 2007. "A minimax procedure for electing committees," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 132(3), pages 401-420, September.
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  1. Ryan Yonk & Randy Simmons & Derek Johnson, 2011. "Trading places," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 146(3), pages 341-351, March.

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