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Strategic Voting over Strategic Proposals

  • Hulya Eraslan

    (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Philip Bond

    (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 Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 167.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed007:167
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