On the Robustness of Majority Rule

  title={On the Robustness of Majority Rule},
  author={Partha Sarthi Dasgupta},
We show that simple majority rule satisfies five standard and attractive axioms— the Pareto property, anonymity, neutrality, independence of irrelevant alternatives and (generic) decisiveness—on a bigger class of preference domains than (essentially) any other voting rule. Hence, in this sense, it is the most robust voting rule. This characterization of majority rule provides both an alternative to and generalization of May’s (1952) characterization. 
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