Studies in Choice and Welfare

Analytical Theory of Democracy

History, Mathematics and Applications

Authors: Melik-Tangyan, Andranik

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  • Proposes alternative voting and election methods for political representatives
  • Studies the evolution of the notion of democracy in the history of political thought
  • Develops a computational approach aimed at finding optimal compromises
  • Includes applications to real-world electoral experiments in areas such as finance and traffic control
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This book operationalizes the idea of political representation, which is fundamental to modern democracies. Both individual representatives and representative bodies are evaluated using the indices of popularity (the average percentage of the population whose opinion is represented on topical policy issues) and universality (the percentage of issues for which the prevailing public opinion is represented). Viewed as objective functions, these indices can aid in the search for optimal representatives and representative bodies. By replacing the consistency analysis of the social choice axioms with the calculation of the best compromises, the paradoxes of social choice, such as those of Condorcet and Arrow, can be overcome. These indices also form the core of an alternative election method that is aimed at enhancing policy representation — a recent concept of political representation, which is not supported by the conventional voting systems shaped during the American and French Revolutions. This method is tested in a series of election experiments that focus on implementation details. In addition, non-societal applications such as MCDM, finance or traffic control are considered, where the objects that reflect the properties or behavior of other objects are regarded as their “representatives.” Given its scope, the book will appeal to political scientists, economists and operations researchers, as well as to politicians interested in improving democratic performance and electoral system design.

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Andranik Tangian is Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Economics, Germany.

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“It is a product of profound, multi-disciplinary scholarship that will no doubt benefit many a cohort of future students and instructors of welfare economics, economic policy, political science, constitutional law and political philosophy.” (Hannu Nurmi, Journal of Economics, Vol. 130, 2020)


Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Analytical Theory of Democracy
Book Subtitle
History, Mathematics and Applications
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Choice and Welfare
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39691-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39691-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39690-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-39692-3
Series ISSN
1614-0311
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 1048
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations, 54 illustrations in colour
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