Daniel G. Andújar
Introduction Days, 5.4.2019
How to Understand the D’Hondt Method (Democracy) (talk and video, 30’)
Everyone has their particular vision of democracy, but few know their rules in depth. At a time when the algorithm dictates our present and monitors our existence, it is worth paying attention to the algorithms that have influenced our political system for decades. In 1878, Victor D’Hondt – a Belgian lawyer, salesman, jurist of civil law at Ghent University, and mathematician – surprised the world with his book The Proportional Representation of the Parties by Each Voter, followed by three more works all aimed at presenting a system for allocating seats to candidates in party-list proportional representation elections.