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Electing the Pope

  • László Á. Kóczy

    ()

    (Óbuda University)

  • Balázs Sziklai

    ()

    (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Few elections attract so much attention as the Papal Conclave that elects the religious leader of over a billion Catholics worldwide. The Conclave is an interesting case of qualied majority voting with many participants and no formal voting blocks. Each cardinal is a well-known public figure with publicly available personal data and well-known positions on public matters. This provides excellent grounds for a study of spatial voting: In this brief note we study voting in the Papal Conclave after the resignation of Benedict XVI. We describe the method of the election and based on a simple estimation of certain factors that seem to influence the electors' preferences we calculate the power of each cardinal in the conclave as the Shapley-Shubik index of the corresponding voting game over a convex geometry.

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Paper provided by Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management in its series Working Paper Series with number 1301.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pkk:wpaper:1301
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  1. Edelman, Paul H., 1997. "A note on voting," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 37-50, August.
  2. László Á. Kóczy & Miklós Pintér, 2011. "The men who weren't even there: Legislative voting with absentees," Working Paper Series 1104, Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management.
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