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Myths and meanings of voting power : comments on a symposium

Felsenthal, Dan S. and Machover, Moshé (2001) Myths and meanings of voting power : comments on a symposium. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 13 (1). pp. 81-97. ISSN 1460-3667

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These are comments on the Symposium 'Power Indices and the European Union' in the July 1999 issue of this Journal. We point out several common inter-connected confusions and errors concerning the meaning of voting power. We stress the vital distinction between two different intuitive notions of voting power. We emphasize the need for a unified approach to the study of a priori and actual voting power. We show that the family of 'strategic' measures proposed by some of the participants in the Symposium are a natural generalization of the Banzhaf measure.

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Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2005

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