The merits of a Neo-Downsian modeling of the alternative vote: A reply to Horowitz

Jon Fraenkel, Bernard Grofman

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    Abstract

    In Professor Horowitz's rejoinders (2004, 2006) to Fraenkel and Grofman (2004, 2006a), he mischaracterizes our formal results, retreats from previous claims about the conditions for the alternative vote electoral system to generate centripetal outcomes, renders explicit his dubious assumptions about voter behavior in divided societies, and greatly exaggerates the global evidence in support of pro-moderation outcomes under the alternative vote. Here we respond to Horowitz's (2004), criticism in this journal of the formal model of Fraenkel and Grofman (2004) and to the broader defense in Horowitz (2006) of majoritarian vote pooling arrangements as means of mitigating ethnic conflict in deeply divided societies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    JournalPublic Choice
    Volume133
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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