What Happened in Burlington?

47 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2015

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Eivind Stensholt

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science

Date Written: October 7, 2015


Three visualization techniques illustrate the distribution of electoral preferences over a candidate triple. Two of them, introduced here, concern an IRV tally. The conditions that may allow the “pushover strategy” and the “No-Show Paradox”, are identified, and the practical consequences discussed. The controversial mayoral election of Burlington, Vermont, in 2009 is background. We see the IRV method in a legal and in a political context, presenting aspects of a judgment in the Minnesota Supreme Court 2009 and of the UK referendum over IRV in 2011. IRV is the single-seat version of STV. Both may achieve proportional voter influence with a designed disproportional distribution of seats in a legislature, e.g. as part of a potentially viable modus vivendi in ethnically divided societies.

Keywords: Electoral preferences, IRV tally, STV

JEL Classification: C00, D72

Suggested Citation

Stensholt, Eivind, What Happened in Burlington? (October 7, 2015). NHH Dept. of Business and Management Science Discussion Paper No. 2015/26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2670462 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2670462

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