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Two axioms for the majority rule

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  • Antonio Quesada

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    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

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Two axioms are shown to characterize the relative majority rule when preferences are defined over two alternatives. According to one axiom, if all the individuals in a group are indifferent, then the associated group preference is indifference. The second axiom states that a group S prefers alternative a to alternative b if and only if there is a subgroup T whose members unanimously prefer a to b and such that, if S ≠ T, indifference represents the preference of the group S/T.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 30 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 3033-3037

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-10-00680

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Keywords: Social welfare function; relative majority rule; axiomatic characterization; two alternatives.;

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  1. Antonio Quesada, 2013. "The majority rule with a chairman," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 679-691, March.

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