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February 28, 2013 11:06 AM Vote for Pope!

By Joshua Tucker

University of Montreal political scientist Andre Blais sends along the following:

A team of scientists has launched the website voteforpope.net. The website has two objectives: inform the public about the various electoral systems that exist in the world to elect state leaders, and collect data on voters’ behaviour under these systems.  We provide information about four electoral systems: one round plurality, two round runoff, alternative vote, and approval vote. The electoral system that is used for the election of the Pope is also described. The visitor is invited to imagine how he/she would vote if the pope was elected under each of these four electoral systems. The study is part of a larger international project designed to better understand the functioning of electoral democracy (Making Electoral Democracy Work). For an example of how such data can help us understand how electoral rules affect vote choice, see Blais et al. 2012. « Assessing the psychological and mechanical impact of electoral rules : A quasi-experiment. » Electoral Studies 31 :829-837.

Try it out here!

[Originally posted at The Monkey Cage]

Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University.
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