Quality and Quantity

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 389–392 | Cite as

Borda's method applied — the right to make a proposal

A historical note
  • Björn S. Stefansson
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Abstract

Borda's vote method was used by the French Academy from 1796 to 1803 when Napoleon got it abolished. In the laws and regulations of the Academy there are stipulations regarding the election of new members. The practice is demonstrated by some examples from the protocols.

In fact, Borda presented two vote methods which he showed would give the same conclusion. The method which has not been in the limelight proves to be the same one as is used for selecting the best player in chess tournaments.

Keywords

Point Total Special Committee Vote Method Election Rule Class Meeting 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Björn S. Stefansson
    • 1
  1. 1.Rannsóknastofnun CandbúnadarinsAgricultural Research InstituteReykjavikIceland

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