Voting as Veto
It’s been great to guest blog at Concurring Opinions, but unfortunately for me, my stint here has come to a close. I’ve enjoyed it. Thanks to Dan Solove, Danielle Citron, and their colleagues for hosting me during the last couple months.
I thought that I would use my last post to introduce a work-in-progress, titled Voting as Veto (forthcoming early next year in the Mich. L. Rev.). The article began long ago with a simple observation: When my wife and I (pre-baby) had to decide where to go out for dinner, I realized that I rarely had an affirmative preference for a particular restaurant or type of food on a given night. Instead, I found myself acting almost exclusively on what I call “negative preferences,” or preferences against certain outcomes. I mainly preferred not to visit a particular restaurant or have a particular type of food on a given night. Besides the desire to reserve a veto against certain outcomes, I was reasonably indifferent most of the time about where to go otherwise. It struck me that this type of negative preference was probably common in more formal, less mundane contexts for voting that I study in my research. Although there are many forms of voting that implicitly account for negative preferences in various ways, I found very little in the legal and political science literature developing the notion of negative preferences, or systematically assessing a conception of voting as veto. Voting as Veto is my attempt at both.
In addition, I am currently working on a related essay that applies the insights of Voting as Veto to corporate shareholder voting, the subject of public attention in recent months. Unfortunately, I haven’t posted a draft of either piece on SSRN quite yet. Voting as Veto is further along and currently in the middle of the citechecking process, but as a result, it is in many pieces at the moment. However, I plan to post drafts as soon as I can, so please feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments. Thanks again.