[EM] Popularization article (in French) about the mathematics of democraty

Jameson Quinn jameson.quinn at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 08:04:26 PDT 2012

I read your article (I can read French, although capacity to speak or write
it got borked when I learned Spanish). I think it's well-written and
well-reasoned. I'd personally take a somewhat different line on certain
issues (for instance, highlight the flaws of plurality, or the difference
between ranked and rated methods), but even on such "matters of taste" your
article is suprisingly in accord with my opinions (emphasizing Gibbard and
Satterthwaite over Arrow).

I have to say you've done quite a good job.


2012/3/13 Rémi Peyre <Remi.Peyre at iecn.u-nancy.fr>

> **
> Hi everyone,
> As announced a few months ago, I have been writing a popularization
> article about the mathematics of democraty for a web-based French free
> journal called *Images des Mathématiques*.
> It may interest some of you (among those who can read French, I mean;-))
> to take a glimpse on this work. To this end, I have put a copy on the
> article on my personal website:
> http://www.normalesup.org/~rpeyre/perso/democratie/La-democratie-objet-d-etude.html
> .
> For the time being, this article is in its refereeing process, so, if you
> have any comments to make, *whatever they may be*, do not hesitate to
> send them to me: I would take them with much interest!
> I mention that this article is intended to be accessible to everyone,
> except for the parts labelled «piste bleue» (which may require a little
> knowledge in mathematics), «piste rouge» (which require roughly a basic
> high-school level), «piste noire» (which are too hard for high school
> students, but should remain accessible to young university students in
> mathematics) and «hors piste» (almost only understandible by professional
> mathematicians).
> I also mention that this article is planned to be the first one of a
> series of three (but the two later articles may take still much time...),
> the second planned article being devoted to the Condorcet criterion and the
> third one to some voting methods suggested by mathematical theories
> (approval voting and voting by two-players game Nash equilibria [following
> an idea by Myerson]).
> Kind regards,
> Rémi Peyre
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