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Special majorities rationalized [Working paper]

Goodin, Robert; List, Christian


Complaints are common about the arbitrary and conservative bias of special-majority rules. Such complaints, however, apply to asymmetrical versions of those rules alone. Symmetrical special-majority rules remedy that defect, albeit at the cost of often rendering no determinate verdict. Here we explore what is formally at stake, both procedurally and epistemically, in the choice between those two forms of special-majority rule and simple majority rule; and we suggest practical ways of resolving...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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