preference ordering

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Simply, a (voter's or consumer's) order of preference among a number of candidates or options. Used to examine voting procedures: most procedures ask each voter only to reveal part of his or her preference ordering (his or her first preference in first‐past‐the‐post and in party‐list systems of proportional representation). Where full preference orderings are available or can be reconstructed, voting procedures can be evaluated by how faithfully they represent them.

Subjects: Politics.

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