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When is a Priori Voting Power Really A Priori?

Frank Steffen

Homo Oeconomicus, 2000, vol. 16, 405-414

Abstract: Voting power indices are widely applied in political science to measure power in voting bodies. Power is, however, also a very important concept in economics. Of the most known indices it is commonly held that they measure so-called a priori voting power, although in a recent study Felsenthal et al. argue that we should be careful with this statement. This paper considers whether the power indices based on Straffin's partial homogeneity approach should be interpreted as a priori or a posteriori power indices. The idea of fuzzy standards is also introduced.

Date: 2000
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