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A New Quota Approach to Electoral Disproportionality

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PRESAD Research Group, BORDA Research Unit, IMUVa, Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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PRESAD Research Group, Unidad Académica de Matemáticas, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas 98000, Mexico
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Departamento de Matemática Aplicada, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Economies 2019, 7(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/economies7010017
Received: 10 January 2019 / Revised: 22 February 2019 / Accepted: 26 February 2019 / Published: 5 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Choice)
In this paper electoral disproportionality is split into two types: (1) Forced or unavoidable, due to the very nature of the apportionment problem; and (2) non-forced. While disproportionality indexes proposed in the literature do not distinguish between such components, we design an index, called “quota index”, just measuring avoidable disproportionality. Unlike the previous indexes, the new one can be zero in real situations. Furthermore, this index presents an interesting interpretation concerning transfers of seats. Properties of the quota index and relationships with some usual disproportionality indexes are analyzed. Finally, an empirical approach is undertaken for different countries and elections. View Full-Text
Keywords: electoral systems; proportionality; electoral quota; disproportionality indexes; measurement; Spain; Sweden; Germany electoral systems; proportionality; electoral quota; disproportionality indexes; measurement; Spain; Sweden; Germany
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Martínez-Panero, M.; Arredondo, V.; Peña, T.; Ramírez, V. A New Quota Approach to Electoral Disproportionality. Economies 2019, 7, 17.

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