On Rational Delegations in Liquid Democracy

  • Daan Bloembergen Centrum Wiskunde
  • Davide Grossi Universiteit van Groningen
  • Martin Lackner Technische Universität Wien


Liquid democracy is a proxy voting method where proxies are delegable. We propose and study a game-theoretic model of liquid democracy to address the following question: when is it rational for a voter to delegate her vote? We study the existence of pure-strategy Nash equilibria in this model, and how group accuracy is affected by them. We complement these theoretical results by means of agent-based simulations to study the effects of delegations on group’s accuracy on variously structured social networks.

AAAI Technical Track: Game Theory and Economic Paradigms