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Measurement of Voting Power : a Preliminary Analysis of an Historical French Electoral Episode Through Simulations

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  • Dominique LEPELLEY
  • Laurent VIDU

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In this article we employ the theory of power indices to evaluate the respective influence of the two classes of electors in the polling method introduced by the electoral law of 29 June 1820, a method known as the law of “double vote”. We will show, using amplified model, that the voting power of “major” voters, who vote twice, is at least three or four times that of “minor” voters who only vote once. The model that is proposed is an extension of one recently used by EDELMAN [2004] to study situations in which some voters belong to more than one electoral college. The impact of the simplifying hypotheses underlying this model is assessed using simulations.

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Article provided by ENSAE in its journal Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 101-102 ()
Pages: 71-86

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Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2011:i:101-102:p:04

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  1. Marc FLEURBAEY & Dominique LEPELLEY & Vincent MERLIN, 2011. "Introduction to the Special Issue on New Developments in Social Choice and Welfare Theories," Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, ENSAE, issue 101-102, pages 7-12.

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