Duncan black and lewis carroll

Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt L. Monroe

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After evaluating the stature of Duncan Black as one of the founders of the modern theoretical study of politics, we show how frustrated Black was by the lack of recognition accorded to his work, especially in the UK. This led to considerable difficulty in getting his work published. In particular, his work on a like-minded predecessor, C. L. Dodgson ( ‘Lewis Carroll’), remains in part unpublished. In it, Black withdraws his earlier assertion that Carroll's work on proportional representation and tennis tournaments was ‘trivial’, in favor of detailed analysis of Carroll's contribution, which Black praises extravagantly as being one of the most important contributions ever to Political Science. We conclude by relating Carroll's theorem of 1884 on the proportionality of what is now called Single Nontransferable Vote (SNTV) to the modern literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Theoretical Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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