On the Philosophy of Group Decision Methods I: The Non-Obviousness of Majority Rule

20 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2008

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Mathias Risse

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: November 3, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Risse, Mathias, On the Philosophy of Group Decision Methods I: The Non-Obviousness of Majority Rule (November 3, 2008). HKS Working Paper No. RWP08-064. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1296638 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1296638

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