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Equilibrium Agenda Formation

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  • Dutta, Bhaskar
  • Jackson, Matthew O.
  • Le Breton, Michel

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We develop a de¯nition of equilibrium for agenda formation in general voting settings. The de¯nition is independent of any protocol. We show that the set of equilibrium outcomes for any Pareto e±cient voting rule is uniquely determined. We also show that for such voting rules, if preferences are strict then the set of equilibrium outcomes coincides with that of the outcomes generated by considering all full agendas for voting by successive elimination and show that the set of equilibrium outcomes corresponds with the Banks set. We also examine the implications in several other settings.

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  • Dutta, Bhaskar & Jackson, Matthew O. & Le Breton, Michel, 2001. "Equilibrium Agenda Formation," Economic Research Papers 269402, University of Warwick - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uwarer:269402
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.269402
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    Keywords

    Political Economy; Public Economics;

    JEL classification:

    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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