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One way to avoid coordination issues is to make decisions as a group, rather than relying on individuals to make their own decisions. The benefits of group decision-making are especially clear in the case of the unilateralist’s curse, but also have applications in other areas such as moral trade.

Some methods of group decision-making include direct voting and the election of leaders who can dictate the behavior of the rest of the group. Choosing a method for a given group decision can be difficult, as in most cases there will be trade-offs between different desirable features. The trade-offs for different voting systems, such as systems that treat all voters equally and systems that weight votes based on proxies for competence or expertise, have been explored extensively in the academic field of “voting theory”.

One particular issue that can limit a group’s ability to implement a decision-making procedure is the need to ensure that individuals will in fact comply with the decisions produced by the group.

Further reading

Pacuit, Eric. 2011. Voting methods. In Edward Zalta (ed.),
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Wikipedia. 2016. Category:voting.

Wikipedia. 2016. Group decision-making.