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Evaluation and Optimization of Electoral Systems

Evaluation and Optimization of Electoral Systems

Part of Monographs on Discrete Mathematics and Applications

  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Soc for Industrial & Applied Mathematics for availability.
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780898714227


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  • This monograph offers a systematic quantitative approach to the analysis, evaluation, and design of electoral systems. Today, electoral reform is of concern to newborn democracies as well as many old ones. The authors use mathematical models and automatic procedures, when possible, to solve some of the problems that arise in the comparison of existing systems as well as in the construction of new ones. One distinctive feature of the book is the emphasis on single- and multiple-criteria optimization methods. This powerful tool kit will help political researchers evaluate and choose an appropriate electoral system. A general formal model is included as well as a coding system to describe, identify, and classify electoral systems. Evaluation criteria and the corresponding performance indicators are discussed.

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    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780898714227
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.518kg
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Soc for Industrial & Applied Mathematics for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Classification and Evaluation of Electoral Systems. 1. The four phases of an electoral process
    2. A unified description of electoral systems
    3. Performance of an electoral system
    Part II. Designing Electoral Systems. 4. No electoral system is perfect
    5. Basic properties for electoral formulas
    6. Integer optimization approach
    7. Rewarded and punished parties
    8. Mixed electoral systems
    Part III. Designing Electoral Districts. 9. Traps in electoral district plans
    10. Criteria for political districting
    11. Indicators for political districting
    12. Optimization Models
    Part IV. The Process of Electoral Reform: A Retrospective Critical View of a Political Scientist. 13. A difficult crossroad
    14. The planning and politics of political reform
    Part V. A Short Guide to the Literature.

  • Authors

    Pietro Grilli di Cortona

    Cecilia Manzi

    Aline Pennisi

    Federica Ricca

    Bruno Simeone

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