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Is the First-Past-the-Post Necessarily the First?

Arijit Chakrabarty

Studies in Microeconomics, 2018, vol. 6, issue 1-2, 133-139

Abstract: In this short note, the probability of the event that in a first-past-the-post voting system, the party winning the maximum number of seats loses in terms of popular votes, is studied under a few simplifying assumptions. It turns out that the said probability is roughly 20 per cent. That is, one-fifth of the times, the said event will happen, on the average. JEL Classifications: D04, D72, D78

Keywords: First-past-the-post system; voting; majority rule; democracy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1177/2321022218803214

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