This lesson barely scratches the surface of government, politics, and economics. You can get PhD’s in any of those fields — so there’s lots of interesting areas we could discuss here. It was very hard to limit myself to one discussion question. So here’s a second, optional topic.
Almost every nation allows voting of some kind, with possible the exception of extremely authoritarian dictatorships. It may be a small number of people who vote, as in an oligarchy, or practically the whole population, as in a popular democracy. (There’s even a humorous saying: “In a democracy, it’s you vote that counts, but in a feudalism, it’s your count that votes!”) Regardless, voting is a nearly ubiquitous phenomenon.
Based on your research, what kind of voting do you think is most appropriate for electing candidates to either a single office (like president) or offices with multiple seats (such as 2 senators per state)? Why? What would some of the other voting methods be useful for?
* Wikipedia links aren’t authoritative and shouldn’t be cited as sources in research papers, but they do usually provide a helpful introduction to many topics.)
** This non-profit is dedicated to election reform. Consider their arguments, especially about approval voting, and come to your own conclusion.