Public Choice

, 141:351

Buying supermajorities in a stochastic environment


DOI: 10.1007/s11127-009-9456-5

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Hummel, P. Public Choice (2009) 141: 351. doi:10.1007/s11127-009-9456-5


This paper considers a model in which two opposing lobbyists compete for the votes of legislators, but the precise preferences of the legislators are not known. I show that, in contrast to the normally predicted effect of uncertainty on the formation of supermajorities, in the presence of competing lobbyists, increased risk that members of a lobbyist’s coalition will not vote for the proposal may decrease the number of legislators a lobbyist includes in her coalition.


Lobbying Supermajorities Uncertainty 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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