[EM] Re: majority rule, mutinous pirates, and voter strategy

Juho Laatu juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk
Fri May 27 13:56:47 PDT 2005

Hello James,

In the pirate example one could take a step in the direction of 
proportional representation and give up the original idea of single 
winner elections. It is the captain that is to be elected, and there is 
a tradition of having only one captain on a ship. In this situation one 
could consider arranging the proportional representation in a serial 
mode, not in the traditional parallel mode. What I mean is that the 
community could agree (beforehand) to divide the post in time, let's 
say in n consecutive terms. I'm not proposing any particular method, 
nor to do this in real life (just presenting ideas popping in my head), 
but this would anyway be one way of dealing with the fractioned 

BR, Juho

P.S. To increase proportionality one could even consider n terms of 
different lengths.

On May 27, 2005, at 13:25, James Gilmour wrote:

> Stephane Rouillon Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 5:44 AM
>> Criterias and electoral methods hare not meant to
>> cope for a fractionated electorate. An electoral system
>> goal is to get the electorate will, whatever it is.
> This may be true for single-winner elections, eg city mayor, state 
> governor, but fractionated electorates are the
> realities of politics in the real world.
> For elections to councils, assemblies and legislatures it is only one 
> view of the goal of an electoral system.  Those
> steeped in social choice theory believe that the purpose of a voting 
> system should be to maximise representation of
> consensus among the electors.  But there is a much older view: that 
> the purpose of a voting system should be to maximise
> representation of the diversity among the electors.
> James Gilmour
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