Economic Theory

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 689–700 | Cite as

A simple characterization of majority rule

  • Donald E. Campbell
  • Jerry S. Kelly
Research Articles


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.

Keywords and Phrases: IIA, Majority, Pareto, Single-peaked, Transitivity. 
JEL Classification Numbers: D60, D63, D71, D74. 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald E. Campbell
    • 1
  • Jerry S. Kelly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics and The Program in Public Policy, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, USA (e-mail:
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1090, USA (e-mail:

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