Dead Heat: The 2006 public choice society election

Steven J. Brams, Michael W. Hansen, Michael E. Orrison

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    In 2006, the Public Choice Society chose a new president using approval voting. There were five candidates, and the election was extremely close. We indicate the sources of support of the different candidates, based in part on spectral analysis, by voters who cast between one and five votes. Using preference information that was also gathered, we show that two candidates different from the approval voting winner, including the apparent Condorcet winner, might have won under different voting systems. Because most voters did not indicate their complete preference rankings, however, these differences are hardly robust, especially since the outcome was essentially a dead heat.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)361-366
    Number of pages6
    JournalPublic Choice
    Issue number3-4
    StatePublished - Sep 2006


    • Approval voting
    • Borda count
    • Condorcet winner
    • Hare system
    • Public Choice Society
    • Spectral analysis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Economics and Econometrics


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