When Policy Advisors Cannot Reach a Consensus

Posted: 1 Aug 2000

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Wilko H. Letterie

Maastricht School of Business and Economics; Maastricht University

Otto H. Swank

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute Rotterdam (TIR)

Hendrik P. van Dalen

Tilburg University, CentER; Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

Abstract

In this paper advisors are selected by two ministers with conflicting interests in order to (1) acquire information, and (2) obtain political legitimacy concerning a project. In the end, parliament decides whether or not the project, of which the consequences are uncertain, is implemented. In principle a minister wants to appoint an advisor whose preferences are similar. However, since the advisor needs to convince the decisive player in the model, the minister may appoint an advisor whose preferences are closer to those of the agents to be persuaded. We also show when polarised advice occurs (the advisors have different preferences) and when consensual advice occurs (they have the same preferences).

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Letterie, Wilko H. and Swank, Otto H. and van Dalen, Hendrik P., When Policy Advisors Cannot Reach a Consensus. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227716

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