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Group formation and governance


  • Ludovic Renou



This paper studies the impact of the governance of a group, whether be it unanimity, simple majority or qualified majority, on its size, composition, and inclination to change the status quo. Somewhat surprisingly, we show that not only unanimity might favor the formation of larger groups than majority, but also a change of status quo. This paper therefore suggests that unanimity, often blamed for the European inertia of the last two decades, was only a scapegoat.

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  • Ludovic Renou, 2007. "Group formation and governance," Discussion Papers in Economics 07/07, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
  • Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:07/7

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    groups; coalitions; alliances; endogenous formation; cost reduction; loss of control; governance; unanimity; majority;

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    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making

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