Talk:Electoral theory

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Changes need to Wikipedia's "Social choice theory" article[edit | edit source]

Prior to copying the summary of Wikipedia's "Social choice theory" article to electowiki, it seems that the summary needs help over there. Here's the comment I left at [[w:Talk:Social choice theory#Summary needs rewrite|]]:

There are many concepts that are conflated in the summary of this article, as well as inaccuracies. Social choice theory arguably dates at least as far back to the 13th century, whiich is when Ramon Llull described electoral systems later referred to as the Borda count and Copeland's method and other Condorcet methods (citation copied from the current Ramon Llull article: G. Hägele; F. Pukelsheim (2001). "Llull's writings on electoral systems". Studia Lulliana. 41: 3–38. Archived from the original on 2006-02-07.). Amartya Sen's work for which he won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 likely deserves mention in the summary, but is inserted strangely in the middle of the description of Kenneth Arrow's work for which he also won the Nobel Prize in 1972. The relative importance (and proper characterization) of Condorcet methods, the Condorcet paradox, Arrow's impossibility theorem, Gibbard's theorem, and the Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem are also hotly debated topics among social choice theorists in 2021. I may get around to rewriting the summary myself, but I would appreciate it if someone else figured out how to untangle the summary, and make it more accessible to novice readers.

I may just copy it over here anyway, so that we have something better than the current Electoral theory stub. That brings me to another topic, which I'll introduce seperately. -- RobLa (talk) 23:31, 25 November 2021 (UTC)

Rename "Electoral theory" to "Social choice theory"[edit | edit source]

Since English Wikipedia only has a "Social choice theory" article (and an "Electoral theory" category), it makes alignment with that wiki difficult. My inclination is still to try to align with English Wikipedia; hence, my suggestion to rename this article to "Social choice theory". Objections? I'll rename this article in a few days if no one objects (and may do it sooner if consensus emerges sooner). -- RobLa (talk) 23:31, 25 November 2021 (UTC)