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Unconcerned groups and the majority rule

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  • Antonio Quesada

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    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

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When preferences are defined over two alternatives, the (relative) majority rule is characterized in terms of the four axioms U, P, I, and G. U is unanimity. P is the condition that the union of two unconcerned (that is, indifferent) groups of individuals creates an unconcerned group. I asserts that the preferences of the individuals of an unconcerned group can be cancelled out without altering the result. G states that, for any sufficiently small group G that is not unconcerned and for any group H with the same size as G but without members in common with G, it is possible to make the union of G and H unconcerned.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 31 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1757-1764

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00096

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

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  1. Adrian Miroiu, 2013. "Responsiveness axioms and the majority rule," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 740-746.

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