ERIC Number: ED210778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Problem of Deciding Without a Majority: The Paradoxes of Choice.
Foley, Walter J.
The Executive Review, v2 n2 Dec 1981
In educational settings, it is becoming common for members of groups to be forced to choose among more than two candidates, programs, or objectives. When no majority favors any one of three or more alternative choices, there are several rational, although arbitrary, ways to proceed. The first attempt at making the choice ought to adopt the Condorcet Principle; that is, to vote on paired-comparisons with the loser in each of the sequential paired votings leaving the contest. If no majority winner emerges, then the Borda rule should be followed; with this technique, all voters assign weights to all of their choices in order of their preferences. Although this two-step procedure has some weaknesses, it is the best procedure available for finding the most acceptable choice. (Author/JM)
Institute for School Executives, 210 Lindquist Center, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Inst. for School Executives.
Identifiers: Condorcet (Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat); De Borda (Jean Charles); Majority Rule; Paired Comparisons