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Consistent representative democracy

Chambers, Christopher P. (2005) Consistent representative democracy. Social Science Working Paper, 1217. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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We study axioms which define “representative democracy” in an environment in which agents vote over a finite set of alternatives. We focus on a property that states that whether votes are aggregated directly or indirectly makes no difference. We call this property representative consistency. Representative consistency formalizes the idea that a voting rule should be immune to gerrymandering. We characterize the class of rules satisfying unanimity, anonymity, and representative consistency. We call these rules “partial priority rules.” A partial priority rule can be interpreted as a rule in which each agent can “veto” certain alternatives. We investigate the implications of imposing other axioms to the list specified above. We also study the partial priority rules in the context of specific economic models.

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Additional Information:I would like to thank John Duggan, Larry Epstein, Biung-Ghi Ju, Roger Lagunoff, Leonardo Martinez, Josef Perktold, Francesco Squintani, William Thomson, and Chun-Hsien Yeh for useful conversations. All errors are my own.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords:Social choice, representative systems, majority rule, gerrymandering
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:1217
Classification Code:JEL: D63, D70
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