Minority Voting and Public Project Provision

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Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The author proposes a two-round process called minority voting to allocate public projects in a polity. In the first round, a society decides by a simple majority decision whether to provide the public project. If the proposal in the first round is rejected, the process ends. Otherwise the process continues, but only the members of the minority keep agenda and voting rights for the second round, in which the financing scheme is determined. In the second round, the unanimity rule or the simple majority rule is applied. The author provides a first pass of relative welfare comparisons between minority voting and simple majority voting and outline the research program. --

Keywords: Democratic constitutions, minority voting, public projects

JEL Classification: D60, D72, H40

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans, Minority Voting and Public Project Provision (2009). Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 3, 2009-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1726866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2009-35

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