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"A very important decision has to be made by a political body (i.e. a group of people making binding decisions for every member of the group). The assembly of the group (a relatively small community) must choose a procedure for making future important decisions for the group. The assembly may choose from the following alternatives (either one of them or a "mix" of them) to make future binding decisions: 1. Simple Majority 2. 65% Supermajority 3. Unanimity 4. Consensus (= decision without voting) among the members Present a clear argument for all of these alternatives, considering both the relevant properties of the decision-making mechanism and the consequences for the group in choosing it. Simple majority- Dahl Consensus- Phillippe Urfalino Unanimity- Pufendorf Unanimity – - goal of government is to ‘provide a rule for detecting the common will’ p.1 - collective decision making – a rule that binds all members beyond the individual wills that may or may not agree with the decision being made - “but where the supreme authority is confer’d on a Council, made up of many persons, each of whom retains his own will:”- 4 direct quote from Peufendorf’s texts – need to protect the sovereignty - Still is a binding decision but it needs to be valid for every member of the group
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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