I have learnt about a simple yet interesting decision making model: instead of choosing the most voted outcome, choose the one that is the least disliked.
For example, the team has to decide a place to have a short team building and has three options:
- (O1) go out for pizza
- (O2) play ping-pong
- (O3) play bowling
One classic way to choose is for each member to cast a vote and choose the option with the most votes. However, this might end with most disliking the outcome (winning options is favored by less than a half).
"Least resistance" decision making instead allows each member to place a "dislike" score for each option. Finally each option gets a "dislike" score (sum) and the least disliked (the option with has the least resistance in the team) is chosen.
I wondering if such a decision making (or similar) is or has been used in politics. Heuristically it should lead to satisfying results and it might also increase voter turnout, since this allows many to point to someone they hate.
Question: Is electing officials by least disliked or the candidate that creates the least "resistance" used or has been used in politics? Or at least to have such a model for decision making within political councils (e.g. city council)