Arrow's Impossibility Theorem | Infinite Series

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The bizarre Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, or Arrow’s Paradox, shows a counterintuitive relationship between fair voting procedures and dictatorships. Start your free trial with Squarespace at and enter offer code “infinite” to get 10% off your first purchase.

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Voting Systems and the Condorcet Criterion

Written and Hosted by Kelsey Houston-Edwards
Produced by Rusty Ward
Graphics by Ray Lux
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Original Paper by Kenneth Arrow::

Different voting systems can produce radically different election results, so it’s important to ensure the voting system we’re using has certain properties - that it fairly represents the opinions of the electorates. The impressively counterintuitive Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem demonstrates that this is much harder than you might think.

Thanks: Ben Houston-Edwards and Iian Smythe

Comments answered by Kelsey:

Johan Richter

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