The Myth of the Condorcet Winner
15 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2012 Last revised: 21 Sep 2012
Date Written: August 15, 2012
There is consensus among legal scholars that, when choosing among multiple alternatives, the Condorcet winner, should it exist, is the preferred option. In this essay I will refute that claim, both normatively and positively. In addition, I will suggest that a different approach, based in behavioral economics, might be a more productive way to model the choices that legislatures make among multiple alternatives.
Keywords: public choice, Condorcet winner
JEL Classification: D71, D72
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