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Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

THE POSTMODERNS

I n this last chapter I will describe case studies of how three different countries wrestle with apportionment and elections in light of the impossibility theorems. Every representative democracy must select delegations for legislative assemblies, composed of integer numbers of parliamentarians. The delegations represent geographical regions or political parties. Some countries have come up with unique propositions; others still experiment with adequate, if not ideal, ways of allocating seats in parliament. By way of example I will mention two countries: one of the older democracies, Switzerland, founded in 1291, and one of the newer ones, Israel, created in 1948. Finally, I will describe a new proposal for the ...

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