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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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Tuesday
Dec052017

2017-15 TEDx Vienna

Here's the (21st Oct) video:  http://www.tedxvienna.at/watch/ontheedge/  and here's the power-point, and the speech (more or less).

Thursday
Nov162017

2017-14 Referendums, Citizens' Assembly

Surely, now, at last, with Catalonia and Kurdistan so prominent in the news, Ireland's Citizens' Assembly will actually discuss multi-option referendums and preferential voting.  Here's our submission.  See 2017-12, 2017-11 and 2016-14.

Sunday
Oct292017

2017-13 Dutch courage

Bingo, the Netherlands now have a government, after (only) 225 days.  A Dutch record; the world record is still held by Belgium, at 451 days.  Here's the graph.  With a matrix vote, it could all haver been done in a week.  See 2016-16 and 2016-10.

Saturday
Oct142017

2017-12 Catalonia

"Let's recover our common sense," said the white-clothed folk in Catalonia/Spain. So let's have preferential voting: a letter in The Guardian.

Tuesday
Oct102017

2017-11 Citizens' Assembly 

The Citizens' Assembly prefers to be consistently inconsistent.   https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/voting-system-of-citizens-assembly-may-distort-says-analysis-1.3248530    See 2016-14.