Re: poly: Re: Arrow's Social Choice Theorem / Borda count

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 07:05:38 PDT

Damien S. wrote:
> > I never cared that much for Borda counting, but I do like approval
>Why not? The first link was pretty convincing to me.
> > voting, which is intuitive and easy to explain, and
>Borda counting isn't? It seems more intuitive than approval voting to me: I
>want to be able to rank candidates, not just approve of some.

I think you vastly overestimate the complexity tolerance of
ordinary voters. They could get used to Borda counting, but
it would be a significant bother, and they won't support it
unless they see a significant gain.

I like approval voting because, as I said, it is a clear improvement
over the status quo, fixing a specific problem we frequently see.
The problem is illustrated in 3-way presidential elections, where
people say not to "waste" your vote on the third person, if you
expect few other people to support him or her. Approval voting
eliminates this disincentive, and allows a third person to win if
most people prefer him, regardless of what they think about how
other people will vote.

I think one of those links also said it is also a proposal that
wouldn't require a constitutional amendment to implement, in
contrast to the Borda rule.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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Received on Fri Apr 28 07:11:18 2000

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