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The performance of four possible rules for selecting the Prime Minister after the Dutch Parliamentary elections of June 2010

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  • Colignatus, Thomas

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Economic policy depends not only on national elections but also on coalition bargaining strategies. In coalition government, minority parties bargain on policy and form a majority coalition, and select a Prime Minister from their mids. In Holland the latter is done conventionally with Plurality, so that the largest party provides the chair of the cabinet. Alternative methods are Condorcet, Borda or Borda Fixed Point. Since the role of the Prime Minister is to be above all parties and represent the nation and to be there for all citizens, it would enhance democracy and likely be optimal if the potential Prime Minister is selected from all parties and at the start of the bargaining process. The performance of the four selection rules is evaluated using the results of the 2010 Dutch Parliamentary elections. The impossibility theorem by Kenneth Arrow (Nobel memorial prize in economics 1972) finds a crucially different interpretation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 23240.

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Date of creation: 11 Jun 2010
Date of revision: 19 May 2010
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23240

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Keywords: Political economy; public choice; political science; optimal representation; electoral systems; elections; coalition; impossibility theorem;

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  1. Thomas Colignatus, 2005. ""Approval Voting" lacks a sound moral base for the individual voter's choice of approval versus non-approval, especially when the Status Quo is neglected," General Economics and Teaching, EconWPA 0503014, EconWPA.
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  1. Colignatus, Thomas, 2013. "The performance of four possible rules for selecting the Prime Minister after the Dutch Parliamentary elections of September 2012," MPRA Paper 44158, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Feb 2013.

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