Legislative Territorial Representation

  • Paolo SerafiniEmail author


The number of seats to assign to a district is normally based on the district populations. The most popular methods are the Largest remainder method and the various forms of Divisor methods. Whereas the Largest remainder method is subject to several paradoxes (including the famous Alabama paradox), divisor methods yield outcomes that are immune from most paradoxes. Divisor methods include: Adam’s method, Dean’s method, Huntington-Hill’s method, Webster’s method and Jefferson’s method. The European Parliament is a very special case because its seats are computed according to the so-called Degressive proportionality rule.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and PhysicsUniversity of UdineUdineItaly

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