[EM] Re: PR not representing median voter
stepjak at yahoo.fr
Thu Jul 24 21:46:02 PDT 2003
--- Alex Small <asmall at physics.ucsb.edu> a écrit :
> Well, say that the breakdown of the voters is
> 40% left
> 40% right
> 20% center
> These are just general proclivities. They aren't guarantees for how
> people will feel about every single issue. There could be some issues
> that have support from left and right but not center. This would indicate
> that, on particular issues, center isn't really center.
True, but I would hope that if enough people were elected by a "median-seeking"
method, such subtleties could be caught. Suppose the extremes (used loosely)
unite on some issue, but the traditional center opposes them. If the extremes
actually have a majority, that should suggest that there's another dimension by
which to define "median."
>On those issues,
> there's still a median voter and median legislator, so a legislature
> elected by PR is always enacting policies supported by its median
> legislator (who hopefully represents the median voter on that particular
> So a legislature doesn't need to over-represent the median voter to get
> policies that satisfy a majority of the electorate. At least not in
If the chamber doesn't make powerful appointments (like the government), I
think the center might get represented decently by PR.
But in a parliamentary system, I think the center voters will compromise on
left or right leadership themselves, rather than leave it up to a centrist
legislator. I see this as a "LO2E" situation.
I feel that any method but a median-seeker is doomed to misplace the median
> Still, I understand the desire to over-represent the median. Here's a
> modest proposal for a legislative body:
I would like to represent the center a bit more... If there's to be a single
house, then I'd like between 1/5 and 1/2 to be elected by a median-seeker,
and the rest could be PR.
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