The Institutional Dimension of Election Design
10 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2011 Last revised: 30 Apr 2011
Date Written: November 16, 2010
The traditional approach to election design focuses solely on the best method to aggregate the preferences of the voters. But elections are run by institutions, and the interests of the institution may not be reflected in the preferences of the voter. In this comment I discuss how institutional considerations come into play in election design in three areas: political representation, corporate voting, and judging in competitions. As an illustration of this institutional approach I appraise the method by which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects the nominees and winners of the Oscars.
Keywords: elections, voting, Oscars, social choice, representation
JEL Classification: D71, D72
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