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A blog: " De Borda abroad."  A journey to China. Starting in Vienna with a TEDx talk, I go by bus and/or train for more debates in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Tehran, before flying - sorry about that - to Urumqi in Xīnjiāng. But in every city, I have my little fold-up Brompton - the best way of exploring any new venue! It's all on:

https://debordaabroad.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/de-borda-abroad/

 

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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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Here's the YouTube and here's the PowerPoint, and text of the speech (more or less).

Saturday
Dec162017

2017-17 Austria

The extremist FPÖ is now in government. Only because Austians (like so many others) use majority voting and believe in majority rule... the cause of so much bitterness and bloodshed. Germany also believes, and is in a state of impasse, while the Czech Republic has settled - if that's the right word - for a minority administration. Because they believe in majority rule? See 2017-13.

Saturday
Dec162017

2017-16 A Majority of One

The US Senate is now down to a majority of just one. Meanwhile, in the UK, the 'rebels' defy the whips and Brexit will be softer. But do terms like 'rebel' and 'whip' really belong to a democracy? 

Tuesday
Dec052017

TEDx presentation in Vienna 2017

Here's the YouTube and here's the PowerPoint, and text of the speech (more or less).

Thursday
Nov162017

2017-14 Brexit, 'hard' or 'soft'

The first Brexit referendum should have been multi-optional! As we argued in 2016-1. If it had been, "remain in the EU" would probably have won. (See the TEDx talk in 2017-15.) Any second referendum should also be multi-optional. Letter in IT.  After all, the binary ballot of June 2016 only initiated yet another binary debate: is it to be a 'soft' or a 'hard' Brexit?

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 less than 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.

Friday
Oct062017

2017-10 Problems of political patronage 

Ministers support Theresa May.  Well they would, wouldn't they.  If, however, she did not select, but MPs elected the cabinet... our latest press release.

Wednesday
Sep132017

2017-9 Whipped Votes and Fake News

x% of Party A, and x'% of Party B, vote 'for'; y% of A and y'% of B vote 'against. A > B, so A has the majority, applies the whip, and wins. But maybe y + y' > x + x'.  Hence this press release in the Irish News of 8th Sept.  See also 2017-1 and 2016-12.

Wednesday
Jul192017

2017-8 Mongolia - presidential elections

ODIHR, oh dear, OH DEAR!  ODIHR does not discuss electoral systems.  But to observe a Mongolian (or any other) election without talking about the voting procedure is like talking about Mongolian cuisine without mentioning meat.  Here's another view.