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Voting by Committees

  • Barbera, Salvador
  • Sonnenschein, Hugo
  • Zhou, Lin

The main result of this paper characterizes voting by committees. There are n voters and K objects. Voters must choose a subset of K. Voting by committees is defined by one monotone family of winning coalitions for each object; an object is chosen if it is supported by one of its winning coalitions. This is proven to be the class of all voting schemes satisfying voter sovereignty and nonmanipulability on the domain of separable preferences. The result is analogous to the characterization of Clarke-Groves schemes in that it exhibits the class of all nonmanipulable schemes on an important domain. Copyright 1991 by The Econometric Society.

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Volume (Year): 59 (1991)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 595-609

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  1. Gibbard, Allan, 1973. "Manipulation of Voting Schemes: A General Result," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 41(4), pages 587-601, July.
  2. Groves, Theodore & Loeb, Martin, 1975. "Incentives and public inputs," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 211-226, August.
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  5. Satterthwaite, Mark Allen, 1975. "Strategy-proofness and Arrow's conditions: Existence and correspondence theorems for voting procedures and social welfare functions," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 10(2), pages 187-217, April.
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  7. Holmstrom, Bengt, 1979. "Groves' Scheme on Restricted Domains," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 47(5), pages 1137-44, September.
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