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17:30 - 19:00 16 February 2016
Gorman Lectures 2016: "What is the Best Election Method?" Part I
Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre (G06) |
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom
Eric Maskin, Harvard
Part I: "How Should Members of Parliament (and Congress) be Elected?"
Candidates for the British Parliament and the U.S. Congress are elected according to plurality rule (first-past-the-post). I will argue that this election method is seriously flawed. A better method is “true majority rule” (the Condorcet Method), according to which a candidate wins if she would beat all other candidates in a head-to-head contest. Indeed, there is a sense in which true majority rule dominates all others.
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