Articles by Costas Panayotakis

11 2021

Electoral systems and the futility of ‘tactical’ voting

Costas Panayotakis
Costas Panayotakis recently exposed the fiction in the ‘Every Vote Counts’ thesis. Here, he explores the implications of that fiction for different electoral systems, notably those based on Proportional Representation and First Past the Post. In so doing, he reveals the futility of tactical voting
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10 2021

In a democracy, does every vote count?

Costas Panayotakis
Costas Panayotakis analyses the popular claim that 'every vote counts' in a democracy. He finds it is based on false assumptions and a misunderstanding of statistical probability. Voting and democratic participation, he concludes, are not based on individualistic self-interest but on some degree of idealism and solidarity
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Costas Panayotakis
Professor of Sociology, New York City College of Technology (City University of New York)

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