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The de Borda Institute aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice.

This applies specifically to decision-making, be it for the electorate in regional/national polls, for their elected representatives in councils and parliaments, for members of a local community group, for members of a company board, for members of a co-operative, and so on.




The director alongside the statue of Jean-Charles de Borda, capitaine et savant, in l’École Navale in Brest, 24.9.2010. Photo by Gwenaelle Bichelot. 

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Welcome to the home page of the de Borda Institute, a Northern Ireland-based international organisation (an NGO) which aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice. For more information use the menu options above or feel free to contact the organisation's headquarters. If you want to check the meaning of any of the terms used, then by all means have a look at this glossary.

As shown in these attachments, there are many decision-making and even more electoral systems.  Sometimes, for any one voters' profile - that is, the set of all their preferences - the outcome of any count may well depend on the voting procedure used.  In this very simple example of a few voters voting on just four options, and in these two hypothetical examples on five, (word document) or (power-point) in which a few cast their preferences on five options, the profiles are analysed according to different methodologies, and the winner could be any one of all the options.  Yet all of these methodologies are called democratic!  Extraordinary!


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David Cameron and the three 'whiches'.

There's a letter in The Guardian (7th Oct), and a critique of brexit etc. in the Green European Journal.  http://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/8773-2/


EU - wrong question gets wrong answer

The UK referendum was bound to be 'Leave', as predicted in this press release of 5.2.2016, and this article of last November.

So hence https://www.opendemocracy.net/peter-emerson/my-350-on-brexit-will-of-people, this letter in the local press, a further letter from Phil Kearney to the Dublin press (but unpublished), and a posting on Slugger O'Toole.


2016-8. NI - dodgy elections

A prediction:  PR-STV counts are sometimes askew: in Newsletter of May 4th, suggested the count could be odd.


And sure enough, it was.  So hence this correspondence today.


2016-7. BBC, Radio 4, at last!

John Humphrys, on Today, 2nd May. (Scottish) referendums: "the realm of the absurd."  So will the BBC, at last, talk about multi-option voting?


2016-6. Scotland. The question was a fix!

Scottish Affairs has just published this review of Scotland's 2014 referendum.  See also 2014-12, 2013-15, 2012-13/10/1, 2011-1.