Fixing the Quorum: Representation versus Abstention

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dc.contributor.author ZWART, Sanne
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-31T08:08:40Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-31T08:08:40Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1725-6704
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/6856
dc.description.abstract The majority of the participating voters in referenda does not necessarily re°ect the majority of the whole population since voters can ab- stain. This paper shows that a quorum exists for which the outcome of the referendum coincides with the population preference. However, a second equi- librium can exist in which the proposal is always rejected. When insu±cient information makes the optimal quorum unknown, it is in general more harmful to set the quorum too high than too low. Robustness of the results is analyzed by allowing pressure groups to encourage or discourage participation after the quorum is set. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher European University Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI ECO en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2007/07 en
dc.subject Electoral engineering en
dc.subject quorum en
dc.subject referendum en
dc.subject voting/not-voting decision en
dc.subject voting rules en
dc.subject D72 en
dc.title Fixing the Quorum: Representation versus Abstention en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.neeo.contributor ZWART|Sanne|aut|
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