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An Introduction to the Math of Voting Methods

ByBrendan Sullivan

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Some modern political discussions are focused on electoral reform and the mechanics of democracy. For instance, Maine and Alaska recently adopted new procedures for statewide elections that involve Ranked Choice Voting, while a similar ballot measure in Massachusetts was only narrowly defeated. Meanwhile, countries all over the world use other voting methods with runoffs or scores. It’s important for people to be aware of how different voting methods work in practice so that we can have productive debates about which to use in various situations. Accordingly, this book will teach you about a variety of voting methods through concrete examples and clear explanations. Each chapter illustrates a different type of voting method using basic definitions, real-world examples, a list of pros and cons, and detailed practice problems with solutions. No prior mathematical or political knowledge is assumed. In fact, the prose is designed for a wide audience, making this book ideal for a general education mathematics course or anyone else who is curious to learn about different methods of voting.

Details

Publication Date
Sep 1, 2022
Language
English
ISBN
9781958469040
Category
Education & Language
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Brendan Sullivan

Specifications

Pages
217
Binding
Case Wrap
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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