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The Hospital for Incurable Protestants

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.

 

 

 

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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Wednesday
Mar092016

2016-2, Poland

Following 3 lectures in Warsaw, this English version of an interview was also published.  (See also 2014-2.)

http://politicalcritique.org/world/2016/all-inclusive-government-peter-emerson/

Friday
Feb052016

2016-1, EU referendums, (British/Dutch)

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

The Dutch referendum on 6th April was a nonsense: those voting 'yes' were thinking about Ukraine, those voting 'no' were more concerned about the EU.

We have got to say 'yes' to something.  Decision-making should be based on ballots of 2- or more- options, on which the voters say 'yes' to at least one option, or, at best, in their order of preference to more than one.  Thus can we identify the option with the highest average preference, which is, ah, the consensus option.

Friday
Nov062015

2015-7 UK 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

Saturday
Sep122015

2015-6 Defining Democracy - recent reviews

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

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00344893.2015.1064225

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

http://www.cepsr.com/clanek.php?ID=618

Wednesday
Aug192015

2015-5 UK Labour Party leadership election

This letter was published in the Irish News, Aug 19th.  In a second letter, I predicted a result with candidates A-B-C-D getting A 60%, B 20% (not a bad guess, really), C 10% and D 10% of the 1st preferences, but if the A, C and D supporters all give B their 2nd preferences and A their 4th, then in a Borda Count election, (not A but) B would have been the most popular. 

And this second letter was in The Guardian on 14 Sept.