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By Pietro Grilli di Cortona, Cecilia Manzi, Aline Pennisi, Federica Ricca, Bruno Simeone

This monograph bargains a scientific quantitative method of the research, overview, and layout of electoral platforms. this day, electoral reform is of shock to child democracies in addition to many elderly ones. The authors use mathematical versions and automated tactics, whilst attainable, to resolve many of the difficulties that come up within the comparability of latest platforms in addition to within the development of recent ones. One virtue of the booklet is the emphasis on unmarried- and multiple-criteria optimization tools. This robust instrument equipment can assist political researchers overview and select a suitable electoral method. A basic formal version is incorporated in addition to a coding procedure to explain, establish, and classify electoral structures. review standards and the corresponding functionality signs are mentioned.

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20 CHAPTER 2. UNIFIED DESCRIPTION OF ELECTORAL SYSTEMS Let us examine more closely how the mechanism works, after each ballot, at an arbitrary node q of the district tree T. Recall that q represents either a district, or a region, or the whole nation (when q is the root of T}. , q represents a district) or from a previous level of the tree. The votes are attributed either to lists or to candidates or to rankings, depending on the ballot structure, as discussed above. Then a filter selects the active votes that are actually used to assign seats at the level of hierarchy under consideration.

With reference to a given district j, we classify ballots into four different groups: • list ballots, containing a single list L^; • preference ballots, containing a subset of at most r candidates in Kj, where the integer r is fixed in advance and is called the number of preferences; • cumulated ballots, containing a bag (subset with possibly repeated elements) of candidates in Kj. Each elector is granted a "stock" of at most r preferences, which may be arbitrarily distributed among no more than r candidates in Kj.

The set of lists are the cartels associated with the partition 7rq. 7, where n = 8, k = 9, m = 3). Therefore, a cartel is a cross section of the set £ of all lists and is completely specified by (1) a subset Ch of parties; (2) a subset Jq of districts. In order to provide a uniform description of the electoral engine, we shall make the assumption that, at the bottom level (district level) of the tree T, every cartel consists of a single list. 1. A GENERAL FORMAL MODEL 15 Fig. 7. Coalitions and corresponding cartels.

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