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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) | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

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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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