Friday, October 15, 2004


San Francisco Test Case for Ranked Choice Voting

Check out this story from the AP. Who wants to bet this provokes even larger legal challenges over "misunderstanding" the ballots? As with any voting scheme, I can't help but think back to my Public Choice class. So the question of the day should be "does this voting system create possibilites for non-transitive preferences and does it meet the standards of Kenneth Arrow's Impossibility Theorem?" The real question of the day (because it is what I really want to know) is whether or not the people who come up with these voting schemes have even heard of Kenneth Arrow and whether or not they even consider any of his work when working on these types of policies? I'm not taking a position on whether this voting procedure is preferable to our existing voting structure or not at this time...but I am taking the position that political scientists don't listen to economists nearly enough.

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