Michel Balinski  (CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique Paris)





Judge: Don't Vote!


This talk argues that the traditional methods of voting and judging contestants (e.g., figure skaters, movies, wines, beauty queens, political candidates) fail in both theory and practice and should be replaced by a new method, “majority judgment.” Majority judgment best meets five essential properties: (1) It avoids the Condorcet and Arrow paradoxes, (2) it elicits honest voting, (3) it is meaningful (in the sense of measurement theory), (4) it resists manipulation, and (5) it heeds the majority’s will.



Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki, 2010. Majority Judgment: Measuring, Ranking and Electing. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press.

-- and --, 2013. “Judge: Don’t vote!” To appear in Operations Research.