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The voting power approach : a theory of measurement. A response to Max Albert

List, Christian (2003) The voting power approach : a theory of measurement. A response to Max Albert. European Union Politics, 4 (4). pp. 473-497. ISSN 1741-2757

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Abstract

Max Albert (2003) has recently argued that the theory of power indices “should not ... be considered as part of political science” and that “[v]iewed as a scientific theory, it is a branch of probability theory and can safely be ignored by political scientists”. Albert’s argument rests on a particular claim concerning the theoretical status of power indices, namely that the theory of power indices is not a positive theory, i.e. not one that has falsifiable implications. I re-examine the theoretical status of power indices and argue that it would be unwise for political scientists to ignore such indices. Although I agree with Albert that the theory of power indices is not a positive theory, I suggest that it is a theory of measurement that can usefully supplement other positive and normative socialscientific theories.

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Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
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Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2006
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/700/

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