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Experimental Results about Linguistic Voting

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  • Manzoor Ahmad Zahid

    () (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Department of Mathematics, Sahiwal Campus, Pakistan)

  • Harrie de Swart

    () (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Philosophy, the Netherlands)

Abstract

In this paper, we describe the results of experiments in which about 7000 voters in the Netherlands were asked in three different waves to give their most favored party and to give an evaluation on a scale of 0 till 10 of eleven major Dutch parties. We have applied five different voting rules to determine the number of seats each party would obtain in Parliament. Different from what one might think, in general voters had no problem to give an evaluation of eleven major Dutch parties. Interestingly, many voters gave the same evaluation to two or more parties, something they cannot do if they can only vote for one party. Although Majority Judgment has not been designed for a seat distribution in parliament, we describe two possible ways which enable such a distribution.

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  • Manzoor Ahmad Zahid & Harrie de Swart, 2015. "Experimental Results about Linguistic Voting," Czech Economic Review, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, vol. 9(3), pages 184-201, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:aucocz:au2015_184
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    Keywords

    Voting experiments; linguistic voting; plurality rule; range voting; approval voting; majority judgment; Borda majority count;

    JEL classification:

    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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