The constrained instability of majority rule: Experiments on the robustness of the uncovered set

William T. Bianco, Michael S. Lynch, Gary J. Miller, Itai Sened

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Abstract

The uncovered set has frequently been proposed as a solution concept for majority rule settings. This paper tests this proposition using a new technique for estimating uncovered sets and a series of experiments, including five-player computer-mediated experiments and 35-player paper-format experiments. The results support the theoretic appeal of the uncovered set. Outcomes overwhelmingly lie in or near the uncovered set. Furthermore, when preferences shift, outcomes track the uncovered set. Although outcomes tend to occur within the uncovered set, they are not necessarily stable; majority dominance relationships still produce instability, albeit constrained by the uncovered set.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-137
Number of pages23
JournalPolitical Analysis
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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