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Fairness and Squareness: Fair Decision Making Rules in the EU Council?

The concept of fair representation of voters in a committee representing different voters’ groups, such as national representations in union of states, is discussed. This concept, introduced into discussion about voting rights in the Council of European Union in 2004, was narrowed to proposal of distribution of voting weights among the member states proportionally to square roots of population. Such a distribution should guarantee the same indirect voting power to each EU citizen, measured by Penrose-Banzhaf index of voting power. In this paper we attempt to clarify this concept.

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Paper provided by Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies in its series Working Papers IES with number 2009/01.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
Date of revision: Jan 2009
Handle: RePEc:fau:wpaper:wp2009_01
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  1. František Turnovec, 2005. "New Measure of Voting Power," Working Papers IES 69, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised 2005.
  2. Annick Laruelle & Mika Widgrén, 1998. "Is the allocation of voting power among EU states fair?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 94(3), pages 317-339, March.
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