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Empowering Representative Voters: A Rationale and a Model for the Practice of Weighting Votes

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DOI: 10.4236/ojps.2017.71011    993 Downloads   1,335 Views

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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.

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Hofstee, W. (2017) Empowering Representative Voters: A Rationale and a Model for the Practice of Weighting Votes. Open Journal of Political Science, 7, 145-156. doi: 10.4236/ojps.2017.71011.

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