The Theory of Committees and Elections by Duncan Black and Committee Decisions with Complementary Valuation by Duncan Black and R.A. Newing

  • Iain McLean
  • Alistair McMillan
  • Burt L. Monroe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lvi
  2. The Theory of Committees and Elections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 3-6
    3. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 7-14
    4. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 15-18
    5. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 19-30
    6. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 31-42
    7. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 55-61
    8. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 69-81
    9. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 83-92
    10. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 93-102
    11. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 103-118
    12. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 119-129
    13. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 131-141
    14. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 143-149
    15. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 151-167
    16. Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe
      Pages 169-185
  3. History of the Mathematical Theory of Committees and Elections (excluding proportional representation)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187

About this book

Introduction

R. H. Coase Duncan Black was a close and dear friend. A man of great simplicity, un­ worldly, modest, diffident, with no pretensions, he was devoted to scholarship. In his single-minded search for the truth, he is an example to us all. Black's first degree at the University of Glasgow was in mathematics and physics. Mathematics as taught at Glasgow seems to have been designed for engineers and did not excite him and he switched to economics, which he found more congenial. But it was not in a lecture in economics but in one on politics that he found his star. One lecturer, A. K. White, discussed the possibility of constructing a pure science of politics. This question caught his imagination, perhaps because of his earlier training in physics, and it came to absorb his thoughts for the rest of his life. But almost certainly nothing would have come of it were it not for his appointment to the newly formed Dundee School of Economics where the rest of the. teaching staff came from the London School of Economics. At Glasgow, economics, as in the time of Adam Smith, was linked with moral philosophy. At Dundee, Black was introduced to the analytical x The Theory o/Committees and Elections approach dominant at the London School of Economics. This gave him the approach he used in his attempt to construct a pure science of politics.

Keywords

Elections Political Science election proportional representation voter voting

Editors and affiliations

  • Iain McLean
    • 1
  • Alistair McMillan
    • 2
  • Burt L. Monroe
    • 3
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordEngland
  2. 2.Nuffield CollegeOxfordEngland
  3. 3.Indiana UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-4860-3
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6036-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4860-3
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