Strategy takes a holiday: Fraenkel and Grofman on the alternative vote

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

The alternative vote (AV) is an electoral system that tends to produce centripetal effects. It therefore has some potential to foster interethnic compromise and coalition in severely divided societies. Fraenkel and Grofman's attempt to show that AV will not "necessarily" and "uniformly" produce moderate results refutes a proposition that has not been advanced and does so on the basis of assumptions contrary to those specified by proponents of AV's generally moderating propensities. Fraenkel and Grofman's examination of two elections under AV in Fiji is based on perverse interpretations of the data and embodies a serious underestimate of the extent to which strategic behavior can support interethnic moderation. © 2006 Sage Publications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Horowitz, DL

Published Date

  • June 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 652 - 662

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3829

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-4140

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0010414005285034

Citation Source

  • Scopus