Democratic values transmission
This study addresses the issue of intergenerational transmission of democratic values embedded in social choice rules. We focus on a few rules which have been the focus of social choice theory: plurality, plural- ity with a runoﬀ, majoritarian compromise, social compromise and Borda rule. We confront subjects with preferences proﬁles of a hypothetical electorate over a set of four alternatives. Diﬀerent rules produce diﬀerent outcomes and subjects decide which alternative should be chosen for the society whose preference proﬁle is shown. We elicit each subject’s pref- erences over rules and his/her parents’ and check whether there is any relationship; 186 students and their parents attended the sessions at Is- tanbul Bilgi University. Overall, we ﬁnd support for the hypothesis of parental transmission of democratic values and gender diﬀerences in the transmitted rule.
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