SFB 303 Discussion Paper No. A - 172
Author: Schweizer, Urs
Title: Unanimous Choice of Rules
Abstract: Rules are defined as a device to solve a sequence of similarly structured allocation problems which two
parties are assumed to face. The question is addressed as to what would be the distinguished feature of the
bargaining problem at the level of rules as compared to that of a single allocation decision. Buchanan and
Tullock (1962) argue that unanimous agreement is more likely at the level of rules because a veil of uncertainty
can be expected to lessen potential conflicts of interest. The present paper explores this idea in a formal setting.
Creation-Date: June 1988
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