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Choosing High-Court Judges by Political Parties

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  • Nicolás Porteiro

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • Antonio Villar

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide & IVIE)

Abstract

This paper proposes a mechanism to overcome the possibility that political parties may block the nomination of High-Court judges when the Parliament is involved in their nomination and their mandate expires on a fixed date. This possibility arises when the default option is that the judge whose mandate expires holds office until an agreement is reached. Our proposal consists of changing the default option by a weighted lottery. We show that this mechanism is capable of solving the problem and implementing the socially optimal solution.

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  • Nicolás Porteiro & Antonio Villar, 2011. "Choosing High-Court Judges by Political Parties," Working Papers 11.05, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pab:wpaper:11.05
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    1. Van Damme, Eric & Selten, Reinhard & Winter, Eyal, 1990. "Alternating bid bargaining with a smallest money unit," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 188-201, June.
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    Keywords

    Negotiation; Political Competition; random protocols; legislative bargaining.;

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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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