Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 111–138 | Cite as

Strategic voting and nomination

  • James Green-Armytage
Original Paper


Using computer simulations based on three separate data generating processes, I estimate the fraction of elections in which sincere voting is a core equilibrium given each of eight single-winner voting rules. Additionally, I determine how often each rule is vulnerable to simple voting strategies such as ‘burying’ and ‘compromising’, and how often each rule gives an incentive for non-winning candidates to enter or leave races. I find that Hare is least vulnerable to strategic voting in general, whereas Borda, Coombs, approval, and range are most vulnerable. I find that plurality is most vulnerable to compromising and strategic exit (causing an unusually strong tendency toward two-party systems), and that Borda is most vulnerable to strategic entry. I use analytical proofs to provide further intuition for some of my key results.


Vote Rule Condorcet Winner Strategic Vote Approval Vote Choice Vote 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UC Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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