Tragic Choices and Collective Decision‐Making: An Empirical Study of Voter Preferences for Alternative Collective Decision‐Making Mechanisms

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Werner W. Pommerehne

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Albert Gailord Hart

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Friedrich Schneider

Johannes Kepler University Linz - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: May 1997

Abstract

Central to this paper has been the idea that there might be a demand on the part of the citizens for having specific decision‐mechanisms in specific types of situations. This demand cannot be deduced on purely theoretical grounds, but rather should be registered case by case. Theory might help in categorising classes of situations where decisions can be tackled with the same approach. In any case, the choice of a decision‐mechanism should not be left completely at the discretion of the policy‐maker if the citizens's welfare is to be promoted in a suitable way.

Suggested Citation

Pommerehne, Werner W. and Hart, Albert Gailord and Schneider, Friedrich G., Tragic Choices and Collective Decision‐Making: An Empirical Study of Voter Preferences for Alternative Collective Decision‐Making Mechanisms (May 1997). The Economic Journal, Vol. 107, Issue 442, pp. 618-635, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1995930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.1997.tb00030.x

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