On The Robustness of Majority Rule
Partha Dasgupta and
Journal of the European Economic Association, 2008, vol. 6, issue 5, 949-973
We show that simple majority rule satisfies five standard and attractive axioms-the Pareto property, anonymity, neutrality, independence of irrelevant alternatives, and (generic) decisiveness-over a larger class of preference domains than (essentially) any other voting rule. Hence, in this sense, it is the most robust voting rule. This characterization of majority rule provides an alternative to that of May (1952). (JEL: D71) (c) 2008 by the European Economic Association.
JEL-codes: D71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (42) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1542-4774/issues link to full text (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:6:y:2008:i:5:p:949-973
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Journal of the European Economic Association is currently edited by Xavier Vives, George-Marios Angeletos, Orazio P. Attanasio, Fabio Canova and Roberto Perotti
More articles in Journal of the European Economic Association from MIT Press
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Ann Olson ().