Aggregating and Representing Political Preferences

G. Bingham Powell

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Aggregating and Representing Political Preferences

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This article talks about aggregating and representing political preferences. It presents the challenge of social choice analysis and identifies the conditions for representative democracy and preference aggregation. Multiple issue congruence, vote correspondence, and single dimensional issue congruence, which are the three major approaches to the comparative study of preference aggregation, are discussed as well.

Keywords: political preferences; representation; aggregation; social choice analysis; conditions; representative democracy; preference aggregation; multiple issue congruence; vote correspondence; single dimensional issue congruence

Article.  10976 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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