Theory and Decision

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 155–172 | Cite as

Approval voting and strategy analysis: A Venetian example

  • Marji Lines


The author presents a historic reconstruction of the single-member constituency election system known as approval voting which was used to elect Venetian dogi for over 500 years. An interesting procedure theoretically, concurrent approval voting is the only sincere single-winner election system. Central issues concerning strategy choice under uncertainty are investigated using a contingency-dependent framework of individual behavior given prior probability distributions over decision relevant propositions. Extensions are then proposed for the use of approval procedures in modern elections and other collective decision-making situations. Finally the advantages of trichotomous preferences in decision and strategy analysis are argued.


Probability Distribution Prior Probability Strategy Analysis Individual Behavior Central Issue 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marji Lines
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  1. 1.Facoltà di Economia e Commercio Ca FoscariUniversita Degli Studi di VeneziaVeniceItaly

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