Parsing the Paradoxical Nature of Politics
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In Mathematical Applications of Political Science, University of Minnesota political scientist William Riker describes a worrisome voting paradox that unfolded in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956. At issue was a bill calling for federal aid for school construction; an amendment was proposed that would have offered this aid only to states whose schools were integrated. The House was divided into three interest groups:
Republicans opposed federal aid in general but supported integration. They would have preferred no bill at all but favored the amended bill to the original.
Northern Democrats wanted the amended bill but would accept the original bill rather than have no bill…
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