Assessment Voting (Assessment Voting)

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Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 27, 2015

Abstract

German Abstract: In diesem Beitrag wird eine neue Idee für den Umgang mit Volksinitiativen vorgestellt. Vor einer endgültigen Abstimmung über eine Initiative würde durch eine Abstimmung einer zufällig ausgewählten Stichprobe von Bürgern ein vorläufiges Ergebnis festgestellt. Die Mitglieder dieser Gruppe geben ihre Stimme endgültig ab („Assessment Voting“). Das Assessment Voting liefert damit zuverlässige Informationen über die Präferenzen der Bürger und kann bei klaren Ablehnungen den Rückzug von Initiativen, oder bei anderen Ergebnissen die Erarbeitung von Gegenvorschlägen begünstigen.

English Abstract: In this paper, we present a new way to deal with initiatives, i.e. proposals that can be submitted to voting by the citizens of a democracy. We call it “Assessment Voting”. It takes place in two rounds. Before the conclusive voting, a given number of randomly-chosen voters casts its votes. These voters have exercised their right to vote irrevocably. The results from this first round are a good assessment of the outcome to be expected from a voting of all citizens. Once the results of the first round are published, the initiative group has the possibility to withdraw its proposal. It can also choose to proceed, so that the remaining voters now vote in the second round. The results of both rounds are added for the final decision. In response to an Assessment Voting, initiatives may also be revised or counterproposals can be made, triggering a restart of the two-round voting process.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Assessment Voting

JEL Classification: D7, D8

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans, Assessment Voting (Assessment Voting) (May 27, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2611026 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2611026

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