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Uncovered Sets and Sophisticated Voting Outcomes with Implications for Agenda Institutions

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Shepsle, Kenneth A.; Weingast, Barry R.
Conference: Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
Location: New York
Conf. Date: 1981
Date: 1981
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5473
Sector: Social Organization
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Subject(s): voting
majority rule
Abstract: "This paper examines the properties of majority-rule institutions given fully strategic behavior by all agents. Results are provided, characterizing majority-rule outcomes, for several alternative agenda institutions. The main conclusion is that institutional arrangements, specifically mechanisms of agenda construction, impose constraints on majority outcomes. In the last decade multidimensional voting models have become subtle and complex instruments for explicating social choices by majority rule. What has been learned from them is that little will be known about an institution based on majority rule if the focus is exclusively upon the majority preference relation between alternatives."

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