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A simple characterization of majority rule

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  • Jerry S. Kelly

    (Department of Economics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1090, USA)

  • Donald E. Campbell

    () (Department of Economics and The Program in Public Policy, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, USA)

Abstract

Assuming an odd number of voters, E. S. Maskin recently provided a characterization of majority rule based on full transitivity. This paper characterizes majority rule with a set of axioms that includes two of Maskin's, dispenses with another, and contains weak versions of his other two axioms. It allows the number of voters to be odd or even.

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  • Jerry S. Kelly & Donald E. Campbell, 2000. "A simple characterization of majority rule," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 15(3), pages 689-700.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:15:y:2000:i:3:p:689-700
    Note: Received: December 23, 1998; revised version: May 10, 1999
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    Keywords

    IIA; Majority; Pareto; Single-peaked; Transitivity.;

    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions

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