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Strategic Voting over Strategic Proposals, Second Version

  • Philip Bond

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    (Finance Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Hülya Eraslan

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    (Finance Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Prior research on “strategic voting” has reached the conclusion that unanimity rule is uniquely bad: it results in destruction of information, and hence makes voters worse off. We show that this conclusion depends critically on the assumption that the issue being voted on is exogenous, i.e., independent of the voting rule used. We depart from the existing literature by endogenizing the proposal that is put to a vote, and establish that under many circumstances unanimity rule makes voters better off. Moreover, in some cases unanimity rule also makes the proposing individual better off even when he has diametrically opposing preferences. In this case, unanimity is the Pareto dominant voting rule. Voters prefer unanimity rule because it induces the proposing individual to make a more attractive proposal. The proposing individual prefers unanimity rule because the acceptance probabilities for moderate proposals are higher.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 07-014.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2004
Date of revision: 02 Jan 2007
Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:07-014
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