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Unpublished Paper
Social Pressure, Transparency, and Voting in Committees
  • Alvaro J. Name-Correa, Carlos III University of Madrid
  • Huseyin Yildirim, Duke University
We examine the consequences of vote transparency in committees whose members fear being blamed by partisan observers for casting an unfavorable vote. We show that such social pressure, like optimal taxation, can improve the collective decision by mitigating a voting externality. Hence, institutions may adopt public voting when the fear of blame is too little, and secret voting when the fear is too much. We also show that public voting is particularly desirable in committees with overly biased members or overly biased voting rules against the alternative.
  • Committee,
  • blame,
  • transparency,
  • social pressure
Publication Date
September, 2017
Citation Information
Alvaro J. Name-Correa and Huseyin Yildirim. "Social Pressure, Transparency, and Voting in Committees" (2017)
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