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Voting paradoxes and referenda

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  • Hannu Nurmi

    (Department of Political Science, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland)

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    In representational democracies the referenda constitute an additional way for the voters to express their opinions. At the same time they are accompanied by problems of agenda manipulation and interpretation of results. In this context various voting paradoxes and their interrelationships are of considerable interest. In this article particular attention is paid to opinion aggregation paradoxes in referendum institutions. The limits and interrelationships of paradoxes are discussed. Some ways of avoiding paradoxical situations are also outlined.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

    Volume (Year): 15 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 333-350

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:15:y:1998:i:3:p:333-350

    Note: Received: 11 September 1995 / Accepted: 7 January 1997
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    1. Sanne Zwart, 2007. "Fixing the Quorum: Representation versus Abstention," Economics Working Papers ECO2007/07, European University Institute.
    2. Marc Pauly, 2013. "Characterizing referenda with quorums via strategy-proofness," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 75(4), pages 581-597, October.
    3. Fabrice Barthelemy & Mathieu Martin & Ashley Piggins, 2011. "U.S Presidential Elections and the Referendum Paradox," THEMA Working Papers 2011-15, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
    4. Klaus Abbink, 2006. "Majority rip-off in referendum voting," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 26(1), pages 1-21, January.
    5. Daniel Bochsler, 2010. "The Marquis de Condorcet goes to Bern," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 144(1), pages 119-131, July.
    6. Simon Hug, 2009. "Some thoughts about referendums, representative democracy, and separation of powers," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 20(3), pages 251-266, September.
    7. Sanne Zwart, 2010. "Ensuring a representative referendum outcome: the daunting task of setting the quorum right," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 643-677, April.
    8. Pivato, Marcus, 2007. "Pyramidal Democracy," MPRA Paper 3965, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Laffond, G. & Laine, J., 2006. "Single-switch preferences and the Ostrogorski paradox," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 49-66, July.

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