# arithmethische Machtteilung

## English translation: dividing power proportionately

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 German term or phrase: arithmethische Machtteilung English translation: dividing power proportionately Entered by:

 16:16 Jan 27, 2003
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Government / Politics / politics
 German term or phrase: arithmethische Machtteilung I am not looking so much for an exact term, which probably doesn't exist, but rather an explanation of the concept: This is from a recent Spiegel article (page 100 of 4/20.1.03: Unmut macht sich vor allem i Westkasachstan breit, wo die lukrativen Oelfelder liegen. Die dortigen Clans sehen sich bei der Vergabe hoher Staatsaemter zunehmend benachteiligt -- entgegen der bisher ueblichen Praxis arithmetischer Machtteilung.
 William SteinCosta Rica Local time: 10:54
 contrary to the former practice of dividing power proportionately Explanation:(among the different groups) is a literal translation; I'm sure you can make an elegant sentence out of it all--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-01-27 17:12:44 (GMT)--------------------------------------------------Arithmetic (vs. geometric) simply means proportionate (vs. exponential, e.g.)--------------------------------------------------Note added at 2003-02-01 14:17:25 (GMT) Post-grading--------------------------------------------------William, here\'s an attempt at clarification: Let\'s say, tribe A is 40% of the population, tribe B 20%, tribe C 5%, and so on. The seats on the tribal council (or whatever organ, parliament, etc.) used to be distributed according to the tribes\' shares of the population (just like our parties...sort of). So the Aians got 40% of the seats, the Bians 20%, etc. Make sense? Quite democratic, if I may say so....
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Teresa Reinhardt
United States
Local time: 08:54
 I have to admit, I still don't really understand what they're talking about it. The big question is "Proportional to what?"2 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

5 +2contrary to the former practice of dividing power proportionately
 Teresa Reinhardt
4 +1the usual practice of dividing (or allocating) power on a pro-rata basis.
 Dr. Fred Thomson
4.. of dividing power between them
 Nicole Tata

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2 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +2
contrary to the former practice of dividing power proportionately

Explanation:
(among the different groups) is a literal translation; I'm sure you can make an elegant sentence out of it all

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Note added at 2003-01-27 17:12:44 (GMT)
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Arithmetic (vs. geometric) simply means proportionate (vs. exponential, e.g.)

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William, here\'s an attempt at clarification:
Let\'s say, tribe A is 40% of the population, tribe B 20%, tribe C 5%, and so on. The seats on the tribal council (or whatever organ, parliament, etc.) used to be distributed according to the tribes\' shares of the population (just like our parties...sort of).
So the Aians got 40% of the seats, the Bians 20%, etc.
Make sense? Quite democratic, if I may say so....

 Teresa ReinhardtUnited StatesLocal time: 08:54Native speaker of: German, EnglishPRO pts in category: 24
 I have to admit, I still don't really understand what they're talking about it. The big question is "Proportional to what?"

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24 mins   confidence:
.. of dividing power between them

Explanation:
I'm afraid I can't read anything about proportions into the sentence. I think it simply means that they share power between them, sort of divvying up the official positions between them.

hope it helps

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Note added at 2003-01-27 17:18:26 (GMT)
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Arithmetic simply means \'by numbers\', as far as I can see.

 Nicole TataLocal time: 16:54Works in fieldNative speaker of: English, GermanPRO pts in category: 16

neutral  Teresa Reinhardt: and who is them? The different ethnic groups/tribes/parties within the country, I presume
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-> no, them = the clan leaders.

11 hrs   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
the usual practice of dividing (or allocating) power on a pro-rata basis.

Explanation:
Just one more possibility for your consideration.

 Dr. Fred ThomsonUnited StatesLocal time: 09:54Works in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 23

agree
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