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Strategic delegation and voting rules

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  • Harstad, Bård

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The selection of political representatives depends on the political system. Principals, such as voters or districts, may benefit by strategically electing representatives different from themselves. While a status-quo biased delegate may be a better negotiator, an enthusiastic representative has a better chance of being included in the majority coalition. A larger majority requirement leads to "conservative" delegation and hence a status quo bias; a poor minority protection does the opposite. Through strategic delegation, the political system also determines whether centralization or decentralization is beneficial.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 94 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (February)
Pages: 102-113

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:94:y:2010:i:1-2:p:102-113

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Keywords: Strategic delegation Elections Collective decisions Voting rules Political systems Decentralization v centralization;

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