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Peter Emerson

Like Jean-Charles de Borda, “capitaine et savant” to quote his statue in L’École Navale in Brest, Peter Emerson was initially a sailor, but only a lieutenant; next, a volunteer maths/physics teacher in Nairobi; then a founder of the NI GP in Belfast; and now the director of the de Borda Institute. A linguist, he has also worked in other conflict zones, not least the Balkans and the Caucasus. His latest work is From Majority Rule to Inclusive Politics, (Springer, 2016). In 2017, he gave a lecture entitled So, What is Democracy Anyway? at TedXVienna.

Articles

26.08.2018
A Korea Re-United?

Green reflections on prospects for prosperity, peace and a brighter future after a visit to North Korea.

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18.12.2017
Beyond Majority Rule: Electoral Systems for Inclusive Politics

Rethinking how we ask voters what they want could ensure representative government for all and help us create a collaborative political culture.

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29.08.2016
David Cameron and the Three ‘Whiches’

To what extent were the outcomes of the recent plebiscites held in the UK determined by the formulation of the question and the method of counting votes? If these are significant factors, this points to some puzzling quirks in the country’s voting system, as well as some far-reaching flaws in its democracy.

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16.02.2016
Decision Making: Living in Sympathy with Our Human Environment

No-one has the right to rule by force of arms, violence; and no one has the right to dominate others by force of numbers: majority voting. So how should the Greens in particular, and society in general, make democratic decisions?

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06.09.2012
Decision-Making and Planetary Survival

Today, democracy is too often based on short-term interests. Policies are therefore designed for that purpose – pre-election budgets for example – and the long term interests of the planet are given less priority.

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