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Voting by Committees

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  • Salvador Barbera

    (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

  • Hugo Sonnenschein

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Lin Zhou

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Problems of social choice frequently take the following form. There are n voters and a set K = (1,2,...,k) of objects. The voters must choose a subset of K. We define a class of voting schemes called voting by committees. The main result of the paper is a characterization of voting by committees, which is the class of all voting schemes that satisfy voter sovereignty and non-manipulability on the domain of separable preferences. This result is analogous to the literature on the Groves and Clarke scheme in that it characterizes all of the non-manipulable voting schemes on an important domain.

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  • Salvador Barbera & Hugo Sonnenschein & Lin Zhou, 1990. "Voting by Committees," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 941, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  • Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:941 Note: CFP 783.
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    Social choice; voting; committees;

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