Dividing the indivisible: procedures for allocating cabinet ministries to political parties in a parliamentary system

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Dividing the indivisible: procedures for allocating cabinet ministries to political parties in a parliamentary system

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dc.contributor.author Brams, Steven J. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Kaplan, Todd R. en_GB
dc.contributor.department New York University; University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-20T13:12:03Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:25:23Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T15:58:19Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Political parties in Northern Ireland recently used a divisor method of apportionment to choose, in sequence, ten cabinet ministries. If the parties have complete information about each other’s preferences, we show that it may not be rational for them to act sincerely by choosing their most-preferred ministry that is available. One consequence of acting sophisticatedly is that the resulting allocation may not be Pareto-optimal, making all the parties worse off. Another is non-monotonicity – choosing earlier may hurt rather than help a party. We introduce a mechanism, combining sequential choices with a structured form of trading, that results in sincere choices for two parties that avoids these problems. Although there are dif.culties in extending this mechanism to more than two parties, other approaches are explored, such as permitting parties to make consecutive choices not prescribed by an apportionment method. But certain problems, such as eliminating envy, remain. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol. 16, No. 2, 143-173 (2004) en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0951629804041118 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/26974 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Sage en_GB
dc.relation.url http://jtp.sagepub.com/ en_GB
dc.subject apportionment methods en_GB
dc.subject cabinets (government) en_GB
dc.subject Northern Ireland en_GB
dc.subject mechanism design en_GB
dc.title Dividing the indivisible: procedures for allocating cabinet ministries to political parties in a parliamentary system en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-05-20T13:12:03Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:25:23Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T15:58:19Z
dc.identifier.issn 09516298 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 00000000 en_GB
dc.description Original draft submitted to SSRN in September 2002 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Journal of Theoretical Politics en_GB


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