A simple characterization of majority rule

Donald E. Campbell, Jerry S. Kelly

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Assuming an odd number of voters, E. S. Maskin recently provided a characterization of majority rule based on full transitivity. This paper characterizes majority rule with a set of axioms that includes two of Maskin's, dispenses with another, and contains weak versions of his other two axioms. It allows the number of voters to be odd or even.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-700
Number of pages12
JournalEconomic Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2000


  • IIA
  • Majority
  • Pareto
  • Single-peaked
  • Transitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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