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Negative and positive stakes in plural voting: An experimental study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)In: Baltic Journal of Psychology, ISSN 1407-768X, Vol. 10, no 1-2, 14-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The paper reports the results of a study examining people’s attitudes towards plural voting (a system where voters with higher stakes in the decision are given multiple votes) in comparison to the traditional ”one person-one vote” principle. The participants (N = 102) were asked to evaluate various voting procedures that pre-assigned votes to different voter groups depending in the stakes of these groups in hypothetical scenarios regarding municipal-level decisions about construction work. Participants evaluated plural voting procedures more favorably when more information was available about the stakes of those involved in the voting process. Respondents’ preferences were independent of whether the stakes in question were positive or negative. The results show that, at least under experimental conditions, plural voting is acceptable to people, and in specific situations plural voting may be preferred to egalitarian voting.

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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Latvija , 2009. Vol. 10, no 1-2, 14-24 p.
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plural voting, stakes social justice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54121OAI: diva2:391997
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2015-08-25Bibliographically approved

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