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Title: On the membership of decision making committees
Author: Bulkley, George
Pearson, Bernard
Myles, Gareth D.
Citation: Public Choice Vol. 106, 1-2 , 2001 p. 1-22
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Public Choice
Date Issued: 2001-01
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/48634
DOI: 10.1023/A:1005176130118
Links: http://www.springerlink.com/ http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/economics/papers/2000/index.php
Abstract: The decision of a committee is determined jointly by the votingprocess it adopts and the composition of its membership. The paper analyses the process through which committee members emerge from the eligiblepopulation and traces the consequences of this for the decisions ofthe committee. It is shown that the equilibrium committee will becomposed of representatives from the extremes of the tastedistribution. These extremes balance each other and the committeereaches a moderate decision. However, this mutual negation by theextremes is a socially wasteful use of time. Data from the UK Houseof Lords is used to illustrate these results.
Type: ArticleWorking Paper
Description: Draft published as working paper in November 2000
Keywords: committeesmembershipvoting
ISSN: 0048582915737101


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