Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 409–414 | Cite as

A nail-biting election

  • Steven J. Brams
  • Peter C. Fishburn


In the first competitive election for President of the Social Choice and Welfare Society, the (official) approval-voting winner differed from the (hypothetical) Borda count winner, who was also the Condorcet winner. But because the election was essentially a toss-up, it is impossible to say who should have won. The election for Council was more true to form of other professional-society elections, with the winners identical, and even their rankings almost duplicative, under both voting systems.


Social Choice Condorcet Winner Borda Count Competitive Election Welfare Society 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven J. Brams
    • 1
  • Peter C. Fishburn
    • 2
  1. 1. Department of Politics, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA (e-mail:
  2. 2. AT&T Labs – Research, 180 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932, USA (e-mail:

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