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Assisted Dying and Voting Schemes

Weale, A; (2019) Assisted Dying and Voting Schemes. UCL Department of Political Science: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Sometimes the governing bodies of organizations like the Royal Medical Colleges take a public stand on controversial issues in bioethics. When they do so, they sometimes consult their fellows and members. This paper reviews the voting schemes that might be used. In doing so, they face well-known logical problems involved in using any majoritarian voting procedure where more than two alternatives are at issue. There is no way around these problems. The problems are compounded if a super-majority principle is used where the status quo is not the default. The paper suggests that such policy decisions should be framed, so far as possible, as a movement from an existing policy position where one exists.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Assisted Dying and Voting Schemes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/political-science/
Language: English
Keywords: Assisted Dying, Royal Colleges, Majority Voting, Bioethcs and Public Policy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087183
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