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Choosing How to Choose: Self-Stable Majority Rules

Barberà, Salvador and Jackson, Matthew O. (2002) Choosing How to Choose: Self-Stable Majority Rules. Social Science Working Paper, 1145. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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We consider the endogenous choice of a voting rule, characterized by the majority size needed to elect change over the status quo, by a society who will use the rule to make future decisions. Under simple assumptions on the uncertainty concerning the future alternatives that will be voted upon, voters' have induced preferences over voting rules that are single-peaked and intermediate. We explore the existence of self-stable voting rules, i.e., voting rules such that there is no alternative rule that would beat the given voting rule if the given voting rule is used to choose between the rules. There are situations where self-stable voting rules do not exist. We explore conditions that guarantee existence, as well as issues relating to efficiency and constitutional design.

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Additional Information:We thank Randy Calvert, Dan Levin, and Jean Mercier Ythier for very helpful discussions of the paper. We also thank Danilo Coelho, Gabrielle Demange, Anke Gerber, Annik Laruelle, Eric Maskin, Charlie Plott, Cheng-Zhong Qin, Jim Snyder, Guofu Tan, Federico Valenciano, and Peyton Young for helpful conversations and suggestions, and Takehiko Yamato for detailed comments on an earlier draft. Financial support under NSF grant SES-9986190 and under DCGYT Direcció General de Recerca projects PD-98-0870 and SGR-980062 is gratefully acknowledged. This project was initiated during a visit of Barbera to Caltech. Published as Barbera, S., & Jackson, M. (2000). Choosing how to choose: Self-stable majority rules. Universitat Autonoma de.
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DCGYT Direcció General de RecercaPD-98-0870
DCGYT Direcció General de RecercaSGR-980062
Subject Keywords:majority rule, voting, self-stable
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:1145
Classification Code:JEL: D71, D72
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