Single-winner reform begins with the well-known paradox of voting. History has produced two approaches to solving it.
One is coalition. The other is to find a better ‘voting method.’
Those who are invested in the second have an incentive to disavow the first.
I don’t think so. The logics of adoption are different. Yet the story of Cleveland (just below) suggests that it is possible… while rare.
AV finds favor where the majority can’t agree on the candidate it wants — but can agree on the one it doesn’t. AV is an agreement to passively form coalitions in elections. I say “passively” because the vote-transfer process does the work, likely with help from elite cues.
STV finds favor where the coalition is to be worked out actively, in a legislature. STV also preserves freedom to break the coalition between elections.
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