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Empowering representative voters: A rationale and a model for thepractice of weighting votes

Hofstee, W., 13-Jan-2017, In : Open Journal of Political Science. 7, 1, p. 145-156 12 p.

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In practice, votes cast in parliamentary and related elections receive more weight as they are more representative. That practice is difficult to rationalize either from a juridical constitutional-democratic, or an economist preferential-choice point of view. On an applied-psychometric basis, the author presents a rationale by which voters are conceived as evaluators of political parties’ programs, candidates, and past performance. That conception leads to a general weighting model, of which both strict proportionality (unit weighting) and strict plurality (dichotomous weighting) appear to be special cases. The model appears to develop its full potential in a combination with an otherwise impractical dual ballot structure, by which voters can indicate a desired coalition partner, as illustrated by a fictive example. Reservations with respect to the model and its rationale are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-156
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Journal of Political Science
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13-Jan-2017

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