STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Who Controls the Agenda Controls the Policy
Syed Nageeb Ali (Pennsylvania State University), joint with B. Douglas Bernheim (Stanford), Alexander W. Bloedel (UCLA) and Silvia Console Battilana (Auctionomics)
Thursday 11 May 2023 15:30 - 17:00
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About this event
This paper models legislative decision-making with an agenda setter who can propose policies sequentially, tailoring each proposal to the status quo that prevails after prior votes. Voters are sophisticated and the agenda setter cannot commit to her future proposals. Nevertheless, the agenda setter obtains her favourite outcome in every equilibrium regardless of the initial default policy. Central to our results is a new condition on preferences, manipulability, that holds in rich policy spaces, including spatial settings and distribution problems. Our results overturn the conventional wisdom that voter sophistication alone constrains an agenda setter’s power.
Economic Theory Seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 15:30-17:00, both ONLINE and IN PERSON in SAL 3.05.
Seminar organisers: Dr Andrew Ellis and Dr Christopher Sandmann.
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