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Two axioms for the majority rule


  • Antonio Quesada

    () (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)


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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  • Antonio Quesada, 2010. "Two axioms for the majority rule," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(4), pages 3033-3037.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-10-00680

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

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

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    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making


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