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Bicameralism and Majoritarian Equilibrium

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  • Brennan, Geoffrey
  • Hamlin, Alan

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Recent papers have established that bicameralism can support a nonempty core in majority voting games in two-dimensional policy spaces. The authors generalize this result to the n-dimensional case and provide a discussion of multicameralism. Bicameralism generates a core of potentially stable equilibria by institutionalizing opposition between mutually oriented median voters. This provides a clear link with the standard median voter model and with more traditional analyses of bicameralism. Copyright 1992 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Brennan, Geoffrey & Hamlin, Alan, 1992. "Bicameralism and Majoritarian Equilibrium," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 74(2), pages 169-179, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:74:y:1992:i:2:p:169-79
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    1. Charles Blankart & Dennis Mueller, 2004. "The Advantages of Pure Forms of Parliamentary Democracy over Mixed Forms," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 121(3), pages 431-453, February.
    2. Kyriacou, Andreas P., 2000. "An Ethnically Based Federal and Bicameral System: The case of Cyprus," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 251-268, June.
    3. Bradbury, John Charles & Crain, W. Mark, 2001. "Legislative organization and government spending: cross-country evidence," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 82(3), pages 309-325, December.

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