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Piesse, Edmund Leolin (1912) The theory of the quota in proportional representation - errata. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 48-78. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

It is the object of the various systems of proportional
representation to secure, in the words of J. S. Mill, that
"every or any section shall be represented, not disproportionately,
but proportionately."
If it is necessary to divide a country into a number of
constituencies, the only way to secure proportional representation
with certainty is to ensure that in every constituency
each party is represented in proportion to the number
of its supporters in that constituency. The adoption
of any other electoral system must make the representation
depend on the accident of the distribution of the parties
among the constituencies.
The division of a country into single-member constituencies
will usually produce disproportionate representation,
even if the member for each constituency is elected
by a majority of the voters in the constituency, for the
representation of either party will depend on the number
of constituencies in which it is in a majority, and this number will not usually be proportionate to the strength
of the party throughout the country. Page 48 is Errata.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 48-78
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Edmund Leolin Piesse (1880-1947), foreign policy analyst and lawyer, was born on 26 July 1880 at New Town, Hobart. In 1909 he joined the newly established Australian Intelligence Corps and as staff officer undertook the first military survey of Tasmania.

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Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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