Flexible Majority Rules
29 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2000
Date Written: April 2001
In this paper we introduce flexible majority decision rules where the size of the majority depends on the proposal made by the agenda setter. Flexible majority rules can mitigate the disadvantages of democracies in the provision of public projects. In many cases, the combination of the principles taxation constraint to majority winners, a ban on subsidies, costly agenda setting and flexible majority rules constitute a socially optimal democratic constitution. Flexible majority rules might also be a useful decision-making procedure in other circumstances.
Keywords: Flexible Majority Rules, Incomplete Social Contract, Constitutional Treatment Rules, Provision of Public Projects
JEL Classification: D62, D72, H40
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