Gaming the Vote

Gaming the Vote

Why Elections Aren't Fair (and What We Can Do About It)

Book - 2008
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At least five U.S. presidential elections have been won by the second most popular candidate, because of "spoilers"--minor candidates who take enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election. The spoiler effect is a consequence of the "impossibility theorem, " discovered by Nobel laureate economist Kenneth Arrow, which asserts that voting is fundamentally unfair--and political strategists are exploiting the mathematical faults of the simple majority vote. This book presents a solution to the spoiler problem: a system called range voting, already widely used on the Internet, is the fairest voting method of all, according to computer studies. Range voting remains controversial, however, and author Poundstone assesses the obstacles confronting any attempt to change the American electoral system.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780809048939
Characteristics: xii, 338 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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NFreaderNWPL Aug 16, 2018

There need to be more books like this! Poundstone uses entertaining stories from U.S. politics to illustrate the problems with first past the post voting systems. He interweaves narrative with clear explanations of the alternatives that have been proposed and profiles some of the big names behind the theories (such as the economist Kenneth Arrow). The book ends with an appendix succinctly defining the different theories and systems.


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