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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!

FAQ on > What is a Preferendum? > When there is a difference in quality or gravity between one outcome and another, (eg. Whether or not to go to war?) does this not highlight a weakness of the preferendum idea?

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When the un Security Council debated Iraq in Oct. 2002 – Resolution 1441 – doubtless all fifteen members had their own views on what was the best policy: more or fewer sanctions and/or inspections and/or threats, and/or whatever.

For reasons unclear, only one option was allowed on the table… which then led to the ridiculous situation in which France voted in favour of something she did not like! She objected to the phrase “serious consequences” but nevertheless voted ‘for’… presumably because she thought it better than nothing.

In a multi-option setting, a French (and German) variation of the resolution would also have been on the ballot paper, maybe a Syrian one as well, an Irish one too perhaps, and the outcome of the subsequent multi-option vote might well have been a more accurate reflection of the fifteen members’ consensus viewpoint.

Last updated on September 19, 2008 by Deborda