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A. Sainte-Lagüe


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French mathematician who in 1910 proposed the fairest system of apportionment of integer numbers of seats to each party in list systems of proportional representation with multimember seats. The system had been independently proposed by Daniel Webster in 1832 for the apportionment of seats in the US House of Representatives to states. The Sainte‐Lagüe system of apportionment is apparently too fair to small parties to be used anywhere in Europe; the version in use in Scandinavia is deliberately biased in favour of large parties.

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