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Models and Reality: the Curios Case of the Absent Abstention

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  • Dan S. Felsenthal

    (University of Haifa, Department of Political Science, Haifa, Israel)

  • Moshé Machover

    (Department of Philosophy, King's Collge, Strand, London, UK)

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We discuss two inter-related puzzling features of the literature on a priori voting power. First, the mathematical model used in virtually all this literature does not recognize abstention as an option distinct from both a 'yes' and a 'no' vote. Second, reallife decision rules of voting bodies - in particular the US legislature and the UN Security Council - are misrepresented as though they did not allow abstention as a tertium quid. We suggest that these misrepresentations may be examples of what philosophers of science call 'theory-laden observation'.

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Article provided by Institute of SocioEconomics in its journal Homo Oeconomicus.

Volume (Year): 19 (2002)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 297-310

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Handle: RePEc:hom:homoec:v:19:y:2002:p:297-310

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  1. Grabisch, Michel & Rusinowska, Agnieszka, 2011. "A model of influence with a continuum of actions," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(4-5), pages 576-587.
  2. Ren� van den Brink & Agnieszka Rusinowska & Frank Steffen, 2009. "Measuring Power And Satisfaction in Societies with Opinion Leaders: Dictator and Opinion Leader Properties," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 09-052/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Ren� van den Brink & Agnieszka Rusinowska & Frank Steffen, 2009. "Measuring Power And Satisfaction in Societies with Opinion Leaders: Dictator and Opinion Leader Properties," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 09-052/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Michel Grabisch & Agnieszka Rusinowska, 2008. "Influence functions, followers and command games," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00344823, HAL.
  5. René van den Brink & Agnieszka Rusinowska & Frank Steffen, 2011. "Measuring Power and Satisfaction in Societies with Opinion Leaders: An Axiomatization," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 11018, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
  6. Agnieszka Rusinowska & Michel Grabisch, 2010. "A model of influence with an ordered set of possible actions," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00519413, HAL.
  7. Rene van den Brink & Agnieszka Rusinowska & Frank Steffen, 2011. "Measuring Power and Satisfaction in Societies with Opinion Leaders: An Axiomatization," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-058/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  8. Ren� van den Brink & Frank Steffen, 2012. "On the Measurement of Success and Satisfaction," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-030/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  9. Ren� van den Brink & Frank Steffen, 2012. "On the Measurement of Success and Satisfaction," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-030/1, Tinbergen Institute.

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