Papers on Non-market Decision Making

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The central argument in Lewis Carroll's The Principles of Parliamentary Representation

  • Duncan Black


The aim of this article has been purely expository, to outline the central argument in Carroll's booklet. His theory of the apportionment of seats and the scheme of election which he proposed for use in Great Britain will be considered, along with other aspects of the booklet, in an edition which is now in preparation. Carroll's model of the political system is unmatched in its logical rigour and it will be found possible to alter some of its assumptions and also to amend its definition of ‘the number of voters represented’ so as to bring the model into closer contact with political reality. The booklet, neglected for almost a century, seems to me to present the way to new developments in Political Science.


Public Finance Close Contact Political System Central Argument Political Reality 
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© the Thomas Jefferson Center for Jefferson Center for Political Economy, Rouss Hall, University of Virginia 1967

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