Thomas Tröger How Can We Best Respond to Low Participation Rates in Elections?
University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)Mannheim, Germany
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With a population exceeding 500 million, the participation of less than 5 million EU citizens in a recent survey on abolishing daylight saving was, to say the least, disappointing. In this video, THOMAS TRÖGER explores how voting rules can be used to account for the problem of voter abstention. Analyzing how voter actions will result in optimal outcomes (Nash Equilibrium) under different voting rules, Tröger identifies significant failings in majority voting with a quorum. With further work required on interdependent value settings, the research demonstrates that linear voting rules represent the most effective means of dealing with the abstention problem in private value settings.
LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10798
Linear Voting Rules
- Hans Peter Grüner and Thomas Tröger
- Published in 2019