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The Mémoire of a Collapsed Catholic

 This is the story of a pacifist in a conflict zone, in Northern Ireland and the Balkans.  Only in e-format, but only £5.15.  Available from Amazon.


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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.

Please see here for some background on the director.  And this is a U-tube presentation by Phil Kearney on decision-making.


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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 these two hypothetical examples, (word document) or (power-point) in which a dozen individuals cast their preferences on five options, the profiles are analysed according to six different methodologies, and the winner could be any one of all five options, or a draw between some of them.  Yet all of these methodologies are called democratic!  Extraordinary!


What's New?


EU referendum

If you ask the wrong question, you may get the wrong answer.  As in this press release.


The Latest Book

"From Majority Rule to Inclusive Politics - Electing a Power-Sharing Coalition" (Springer; Heidelberg and Berlin), is now out:  http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319234991


New Publications in Journals

1.    "Deliberative Democracy: a Binding Methodology?" is scheduled to appear in the next issue of the UK-based Journal of Dialogue Studies.

2.    "The Scottish Referendum" is due for publication in Scottish Affairs in 2016, Vol. 25 No 2.

3. "International Peace-Making  -  Creating Post-Conflict Structures of Government," should be in China's OJPS, 2016, Vol 6, No 2 in April.


Constitutional Convention

openDemocracy has just published:  https://opendemocracy.net/uk/peter-emerson/inclusive-decision-making-systems-are-must-for-any-uk-constitutional-convention

It follows the piece in May on the EU in/out referendum:  https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/peter-emerson/eu-referendum-what-is-question-though


Defining Democracy - recent reviews

Katy Hayward has reviewed Defining Democracy in the journal, Representation:


and Miloš Brunclík has done the same in Central European Political Studies: