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Majority, Grand or All-Party Coalitions?

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By what principle does one majority have the right to rule, and another not? Secondly, while elections are generally transparent, why should forming a government be secretive? Is it because people believe, not only in majority rule, which may be fine, but also in (simple or weighted) majority voting, which is not so good? There are, after all, other more accurate voting systems by which can be identified the will of the majority; some of these latter methodologies are non-majoritarian. Now, if decision-making were to be based on a non-majoritarian voting procedure, the right to majority rule might be brought into question; indeed, majoritarianism might become obsolescent. Other forms of governance should therefore also be examined. Accordingly, this paper considers first, some of the deficiencies of a majoritarian polity; next, a more inclusive form of decision-making; then, majoritarian and non-majoritarian types of governance; and lastly, a voting system by which a parliament may elect a national government.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 23)
Pages:
90-109
Citation:
P. Emerson "Majority, Grand or All-Party Coalitions?", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 23, pp. 90-109, 2014
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March 2014
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