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Design and results of the third vote experiment during the 2017 election of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology student parliament

Tangian, Andranik S.

Abstract:
The voting method described in [Tangian 2017b] has been experimentally approbated during the 2016 election to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Student Parliament [Tangian 2017c]. Under this election method, the voters cast no votes but are asked about their preferences on the policy issues which are declared in the party manifestos (like in voting advice applications, e.g. German Wahl-O-Mat). Then the degree to which the parties match with the electorate’s policy profile is expressed by the parties’ indices of popularity (the average percentage of the voters represented on all the issues) and universality (frequency in representing a majority), and the parliament seats are distributed among the parties in proportion to their indices. This way it is hoped to bridge direct and representative democracies and to make the latter ‘more representative’ and, respectively, ‘more democratic’. The voters are no longer swayed by politicians’ charisma and communication skills but are directed to subject matters behind personal images, ideological symbols and populist declarations. It is supposed that a method that focuses on properties of decisions proposed (e.g., political and economic implications of Brexit) can make vote more profound and responsible. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000075515
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2190-9806
urn:nbn:de:swb:90-755157
KITopen-ID: 1000075515
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang IV, 233 S.
Serie Working paper series in economics ; 106
Schlagwörter Policy representation, representative democracy, direct democracy, elections, coalitions, theory of voting
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