Consistency of scoring rules: A reinvestigation of composition-consistency

Emel Öztürk*

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We consider a collective choice problem in which the number of alternatives and the number of voters vary. Two fundamental axioms of consistency in such a setting, reinforcement and composition-consistency, are incompatible. We first observe that the latter implies four conditions each of which
can be formulated as a consistency axiom on its own right. We nd that two of these conditions are compatible with reinforcement. In fact, one of these, called composition-consistency with respect to non-clone winners, turns out to characterize a class of scoring rules which contains the Plurality
rule. When combined with a requirement of monotonicity, composition-consistency with respect to non-clone winners uniquely characterizes the Plurality rule. A second implication of composition-consistency
leads to a class of scoring rules that always select a Plurality winner when combined with monotonicity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Game Theory
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jan 2020



  • plurality rule
  • cloning-consistency
  • composition-consistency
  • reinforcement
  • scoring rules
  • monotonicity

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