An axiomatic re-characterization of the Kemeny rule

Burak Can, Mohsen Pourpouneh*, Ton Storcken

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The Kemeny rule is one of the well studied decision rules. In this paper we show that the Kemeny rule is the only rule which is unbiased, monotone, strongly tie-breaking, strongly gradual, and weighed tournamental. We show that these conditions are logically independent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-467
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Economic Design
Issue number3
Early online date14 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

JEL classifications

  • d70 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making: General
  • d71 - "Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations"
  • d72 - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior


  • Kemeny rule
  • Preference aggregation
  • Axiomatic characterization

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