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Unconcerned groups and the majority rule


  • Antonio Quesada

    () (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)


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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  • Antonio Quesada, 2011. "Unconcerned groups and the majority rule," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(2), pages 1757-1764.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00096

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

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


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