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Assessing success and decisiveness in voting situations

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  • Annick Laruelle

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  • Federico Valenciano

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In this paper we propose a simple model for measuring ‘success’ or ‘decisiveness’ in voting situations. For an assessment of these features two inputs are claimed to be necessary: the voting rule and the voters’ behavior. The voting rule specifies when a proposal is to be accepted or rejected depending on the resulting vote configuration. Voting behavior is summarized by a distribution of probability over the vote configurations. This basic model provides a clear common conceptual basis for reinterpreting different power indices and some related game theoretic notions coherently from a unified point of view. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2005

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

Volume (Year): 24 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 171-197

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Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:24:y:2005:i:1:p:171-197

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