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ERIC Number: EJ809653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0027
Approval Voting and Parochialism
Baron, Jonathan; Altman, Nicole Y.; Kroll, Stephan
Journal of Conflict Resolution, v49 n6 p895-907 2005
In hypothetical scenarios involving two groups (nations or groups of workers), subjects voted on three proposals: one helped group A (their group), one helped B, and one helped both groups, more than the average of the first two but less than their maximum. When subjects voted for one proposal, most voted for the one that helped group A. This result is "parochial" because it helps the voter's own group even though it hurts the other group more. When voters could approve two proposals, they tended to approve the third proposal as well, and it was more likely to win. Approval voting can thus reduce the effect of parochialism, a bias toward one's own group, on election outcomes. In a second experiment, the authors replicated this effect using real-money payoffs. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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