On the Philosophy of Group Decision Methods I: The Non-Obviousness of Majority Rule
20 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2008
Date Written: November 3, 2008
Majority rule is often adopted almost by default as a group decision rule. One might think, therefore, that the conditions under which it applies, and the argument on its behalf, are well-understood. However, the standard arguments in support of majority rule display systematic deficiencies. This article explores these weaknesses, and assesses what can be said on behalf of majority rule.
Keywords: Electoral Politics, Political Philosophy, Law, Legal Institutions, Political Science
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