One of the fascinating aspects of this story is that another special case of Arrow's theorem, called the paradox of voting
, had been discovered in the 18th century by a French mathematician and philosopher, the Marquis de Condorcet, and again in the 19th century by mathematician Charles Dodgson (better known by his literary nom de plume, Lewis Caroll), and independently once again by economist Duncan Black a bit before Arrow developed his theorem.
P is for what PUBLIC CHOICE THEORISTS call the PARADOX OF VOTING
, which questions not why so few of us vote, but why so many.
If voters decide to vote and choose their options according to a (conditioned) conceptualization of the public interest the interpretation of the paradox of voting
can be very different and more positive.
Your Vote Counts on Account of the Way It Is Counted: An Institutional Solution to the Paradox of Voting
," Public Choice, 54, 1987, pp.
A Mathematical Solution for the Probability of the Paradox of Voting
Social norms may solve the paradox of voting
in a meaningful way.
The Occurrence of the Paradox of Voting
in University Elections.