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On Using the Agenda to Influence Group Decisions: Theory, Experiments, and an Application

Levine, Michael E. and Plott, Charles R. (1975) On Using the Agenda to Influence Group Decisions: Theory, Experiments, and an Application. Social Science Working Paper, 66. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Three general claims are made in the paper. First, the agenda or groupings in which alternatives are considered for adoption or elimination is a major parameter in determining what a group will choose. Secondly, the nature of this influence is sufficiently systematic to yield to an analytical model. Finally, it is claimed that this discovery has important practical implications. In support of these claims, the paper offers a theory of the basis of the influence together with an attempt to capture this theory within a mathematical model. The results of an application of the theory to a real situation and the results of several series of experiments are reported.

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Additional Information:Revised. Support for this research was supplied by the National Science Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. Special acknowledgment is due Steven Matthews, Caltech graduate student in social science, for his invaluable assistance on the project. Published as two separate papers: Levine, Michael E., and Charles R. Plott. "Agenda influence and its implications." Virginia Law Review (1977): 561-604.; and Plott, Charles R., and Michael E. Levine. "A model of agenda influence on committee decisions." The American Economic Review 68.1 (1978): 146-160.
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