Governance: From Power-dividing to Power-sharing

  • Peter Emerson


As noted, many people believe in a form of majority rule which is based on majority voting. But if the (simple or weighted) majority vote is inadequate, and if the modified Borda count, MBC, is known to be more precise, democracy would presumably be enhanced if the latter were adopted as the international norm for democratic decision-making. As shown in Chap.  1, this MBC is indeed robust, inclusive and accurate; but it is also non-majoritarian. If therefore it were to be introduced, that which follows from majority voting—the crudest form of majority rule—should also be reformed. Thus the basis of democratic governance, everywhere, could be that which is often advocated for post-conflict societies: all-party power-sharing. Easier said than done, some might say; after all, many a so-called stable democracy sometimes has great difficulty in forming a new, post-election administration, even only a majority coalition let alone an all-party executive. With a matrix vote, however, it can be both said and done quite easily. This Chapter critiques current practice and (therefore) proposes an alternative.


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  • Peter Emerson
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  1. 1.The de Borda InstituteBelfastUK

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