(Don't) Make My Vote Count

Faravelli, Marco and Sanchez-Pages, Santiago (2014) (Don't) Make My Vote Count. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 27 4: 544-569. doi:10.1177/0951629814556174

Author Faravelli, Marco
Sanchez-Pages, Santiago
Title (Don't) Make My Vote Count
Journal name Journal of Theoretical Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-6298
Publication date 2014-08-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0951629814556174
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 544
End page 569
Total pages 26
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Proponents of proportional electoral rules often argue that majority rule depresses turnout and may lower welfare due to the ‘‘tyranny of the majority’’ problem. The present paper studies the impact of electoral rules on turnout and social welfare. We analyze a model of instrumental voting where citizens have private information over their individual cost of voting and over the alternative they prefer. The electoral rule used to select the winning alternative is a combination of majority rule and proportional rule. Results show that the above arguments against majority rule do not hold in this set up. Social welfare and turnout increase with the weight that the electoral rule gives to majority rule in a close election, while they are independent of the electoral rule when the expected size of the minority tends to zero. However, more proportional rules can increase turnout within the minority group; this effect is stronger the smaller the minority group.   We provide a general version of the competition effect, i.e. that turnout in close elections is higher than in biased elections, independently of the systems adopted in the two cases.
Keyword Costly voting
Majority rule
Proportional rule
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
School of Economics Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 1 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 13 Jan 2015, 10:15:57 EST by Alys Hohnen on behalf of School of Economics