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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 on the right 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 hypothetical example, in which a dozen individuals cast their preferences on five options, the profile is 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 six methodologies are called democratic!  Extraordinary!

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Sunday
Jul272014

The Hospital for Incurable Protestants

Tommy Sands held his superb Music of Healing event in Rostrevor on Thursday 24th July.  Among a host of lovely people, the director's autobiography was duly launched! 

Thursday
Jun122014

Scotland: a multi-option survey

We have commissioned TNS (see http://www.tnsglobal.com/uk) to do a public opinion survey on the folowing six options.  This is a summary of the status quo plus the policies of political parties in Scotland, drawn up by this Institute in consultsation with Edinburgh University. 

Status

Powers

Currency

Head of State

EU

NATO

Scotland in UK

Status quo

 

       £

Queen

Yes, as is. Referendum maybe.

Yes

Scotland in UK

 

Devo-max; full tax raising

       £

Queen

UK in/out referendum

Yes

Scotland in UK

 

Devo-max in federal UK 

       £

Queen

Yes, as is

Yes

Independent Scotland

Full as possible, 

subject to              £ 

Queen

Yes, asap

Yes, but

non-nuke 

Independent Scotland 

 

Full as possible, 

subject to              €

Queen

Yes, asap  

Yes

Independent Scotland

Full

A Scottish currency 

Elected president

Yes, asap

No     

 

The results are due in the beginning of August.  Meanwhile, we're trying to raise funds via: 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-six-option-public-opinion-survey-in-scotland/x/7933057  

More news to follow, (we hope).

Total so far:   on the web  -    £820

                        direct          -    £150

                        TOTAL         -    £970

 

Friday
May302014

Rosie Hackett

On 20th May, a new bridge was opened in Dublin, a Borda count decision-making process was celebrated, and an article was published: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/peter-emerson/majoritarianism-beginning-of-end

Wednesday
Apr162014

Crimes in Crimea; dangers in Donetsk...

This article is in the Apr/May edition of Village Magazine; and on 5th May, a more general article appeared in TMS (Transcend Media Srvice) in   https://www.transcend.org/tms/2014/05/referendums-in-ukraine/

Tuesday
Mar182014

Crimea, referendum, The Guardian.

Letter published on 18th Mar.  "The fact that the options presented to the Crimean electorate do not include any 'Ukrainian options' (Two options but only one possible outcome, 15 Mar) means that today's referendum is no more or less democratic than our own AV v FPP referendum, in which there were no proportional representation options.  As in Crimea, so too in the UK the powers-that-be have total control over the choice of ballot. Sadly, international rules on the conduct of referendums do not recommend multi-option voting.  Hence those Crimeans who might otherwise have wished to vote for a compromise, or even just the status quo, [were] not allowed a free choice."