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Title Evaluation and optimization of electoral systems [electronic resource] / Pietro Grilli di Cortona ... [et al.].

Published Philadelphia, Pa. : Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, 3600 Market Street, Floor 6, Philadelphia, PA 19104), 1999.


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Physical description 1 electronic text (xvi, 230 p.) : ill., 1 map, digital file.
Series SIAM monographs on discrete mathematics and applications ; 1
SIAM monographs on discrete mathematics and applications ; 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-225) and index.
Contents Preface -- Part One. Classification and evaluation of electoral systems -- 1. The four phases of an electoral process -- 2. A unified description of electoral systems -- 3. Performance of an electoral system -- Part Two. Designing electoral systems -- 4. No electoral system is perfect -- 5. Basic properties for electoral formulas -- 6. Integer optimization approach -- 7. Rewarded and punished parties -- 8. Mixed electoral systems -- Part Three. Designing electoral districts -- 9. Traps in electoral district plans -- 10. Criteria for political districting -- 11. Indicators for political districting -- 12. Optimization models -- Part Four. The process of electoral reform, a retrospective critical view of a political scientist -- 13. A difficult crossroad -- 14. The planning and politics of political reform -- Part Five. A short guide to the literature.
Restrictions Restricted to subscribers or individual electronic text purchasers.
Summary This monograph offers a systematic quantitative approach to the analysis, evaluation, and design of electoral systems. Today, electoral reform is of concern to newborn democracies as well as many old ones. The authors use mathematical models and automatic procedures, when possible, to solve some of the problems that arise in the comparison of existing systems as well as in the construction of new ones. One distinctive feature of the book is the emphasis on single- and multiple-criteria optimization methods. This powerful tool kit will help political researchers evaluate and choose an appropriate electoral system.
Other formats Also available in print version.
System notes Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Notes Title from title screen, viewed 12/30/2010.
Other author Grilli Di Cortona, Pietro.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Subject Elections -- Mathematical models.
Mathematical models
Electorial systems
Optimization models
Political districting
ISBN 9780898719819 (electronic bk.)
9780898714227 (pbk.)
0898714222 (pbk.)
Publisher Number DT01 SIAM