Studies in Choice and Welfare

Mathematical Theory of Democracy

Authors: Tangian, Andranik

  • Offers a historical outline with an alternative view at social choice, including a revision of the paradoxes of Condorcet and Arrow 
  • Presents a computational instead of an axiomatic approach, implying an alternative election procedure 
  • Emphasizes applications: to real politics, MCDM, finances and traffic control (with a dedicated statistical test)
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The mathematical theory of democracy deals with selection of representatives who make decisions on behalf of the whole society. In this book, the notion of representativeness is operationalized with the index of popularity (the average percentage of the population whose opinion is represented on a number of issues) and the index of universality (the frequency of cases when the opinion of a majority is represented). These indices are applied to evaluate and study the properties of single representatives (e.g. president) and representative bodies (e.g. parliament, magistrate, cabinet, jury, coalition). To bridge representative and direct democracy, an election method is proposed that is based not on voting but on indexing candidates with respect to the electorate’s political profile. In addition, societal and non-societal applications are considered.

About the authors

Dr. Dr. Andranik Tangian is head of referat `Policy modeling’ of the Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI) in the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Düsseldorf, and Professor of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 

Reviews

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“This book is much more technical and goes into more theoretical depth, and … it is worth seeking out if you are looking for this type of treatment. … Tangian has managed to write about an incredibly wide range of topics in great mathematical, historical, and philosophical depth, and yet the book is very readable. … reader who wishes to dedicate the required time and energy will learn quite a bit about Democracy, its history, its limitations, and its strengths.” (Darren Glass, MAA Reviews, February, 2014)

“The book consists of three parts: history, theory and applications. … Andranik Tangian has written an impressive volume, not only in size, but particularly in terms of the fields covered. The author’s erudition is remarkable. … The historical part of the book is suitable for independent study … . Parts two and three … are suitable for advanced doctoral courses in welfare economics, political science and applied mathematics.” (Hannu Nurmi, Journal of Economics, Vol. 111, 2014)

“The author provides a novel viewpoint, engaging analyses in a stimulating historical context, and interesting new methods and suggestions which certainly have the strong merit of being oriented towards practical concerns. … overall, this is a well-written engaging book offering new ideas which are certainly worth considering when attempting practical reforms to modern-day democratic institutions and is well worth reading.” (Swapan Das Gupta, zbMATH, Vol. 1283, 2014)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Athenian Democracy

    Tangian, Andranik

    Pages 3-36

  • Echoes of Democracy in Ancient Rome

    Tangian, Andranik

    Pages 37-56

  • Revival of Democracy in Italian Medieval City-Republics

    Tangian, Andranik

    Pages 57-94

  • Enlightenment and the End of Traditional Democracy

    Tangian, Andranik

    Pages 95-158

  • Modernity and Schism in Understanding Democracy

    Tangian, Andranik

    Pages 159-229

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-38723-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematical Theory of Democracy
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Choice and Welfare
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-38724-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-38724-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-38723-4
Series ISSN
1614-0311
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 615
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