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In Search of Optimum "Relative Unanimity"

Cebula, Richard and Kafoglis, Milton (1982): In Search of Optimum "Relative Unanimity". Published in: Public Choice , Vol. 40, No. 2 (28 June 1983): pp. 195-201.


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This paper formulates a simple mathematical framework for the selection of an optimum "relative unanimity” collective decision rule. The approach is first to identify the benefits of moving from a rule of simple majority towards a rule of full unanimity. Then, the costs of moving from simple majority rule towards unanimity are identified. Finally, the issue of an optimal decision rule is mathematically solved.

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