FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2006 .009

United We Vote


Authors: Jon X. Eguia
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Voting bloc,Coalition formation,Voting rule
JEL n.: D72,D71
JEL: Journal of Public Economic Theory
Pages: Vol. 61, Issue 4, pp.185-190
Date: 12/2007

Abstract

This paper studies the advantages that a coalition of agents obtains by forming a voting bloc to pool their votes and cast them all together. We identify the necessary and sufficient conditions for an agent to benefit from the formation of the voting bloc, both if the agent is a member of the bloc and if the agent is not part of the bloc. We also determine whether individual agents prefer to participate in or step out of the bloc, and we find the different optimal internal voting rules that aggregate preferences within the coalition.

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