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Simulating voting rule reforms for the Italian parliament. An economic perspective

Stefania Ottone (), Ferruccio Ponzano () and Roberto Ricciuti

POLIS Working Papers from Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to contribute to the debate about the electoral rules in Italy. In particular, we simulate some voting rules to test what is the best electoral system on the basis of a utility function that takes into account two indices: representativeness and governability. As long as governability is important, a mixed member system (75% plurality, 25% proportional representation) outperforms the others. Our tool is the software ALEX4.1.

Keywords: Italian Parliament; electoral system; simulations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 C88 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2007-10
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