Power, Freedom, and Voting

byMatthew BrahamEditorFrank Steffen

Paperback | October 19, 2010

Power, Freedom, and Voting by Matthew Braham
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Power, Freedom, and Voting is an interdisciplinary book that presents a comprehensive insight into current research by economists, mathematicians, philosophers and political scientists on three intimately related concepts that are at the heart of theories of democracy and social welfare. The editors have brought together some of the leading scholars in the different fields to create a distinctive volume. Chapters include contributions on foundational and methodological issues in the definition and measurement of power and freedom and empirical studies of power and coalition formation in voting bodies. The volume also contains contributions that make an effort to bridge the gaps between different disciplinary approaches, including one on the importance of Machiavelli''s writing as a reference point for modern political theory, and others on the related concepts of fairness and responsibility. A majority of the chapters make use of game theory.

Title:Power, Freedom, and VotingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:438 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inShipping dimensions:438 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:364209242X

ISBN - 13:9783642092428

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Table of Contents

Social Power and Social Causation: Towards a Formal Synthesis.- Power Indices Methodology: Decisiveness, Pivots, and Swings.- Further Reflections on the Expediency and Stability of Alliances.- Positional Power in Hierarchies.- A Public Help Index.- Shapley-Shubik vs. Strategic Power: Live from the UN Security Council.- Modified Power Indices for Indirect Voting.- Pivotal Voting Theory: The 1993 Clinton Health Care Reform Proposal in the U.S. Congress.- Coalition Formation Theories Revisited: An Empirical Investigation of Aumann''s Hypothesis.- Coalition Formation, Agenda Selection, and Power.- Democratic Defences and (De-)Stabilisations.- The Instability of Power Sharing.- The Power to Propose versus the Power to Oppose.- Divergence in the Spatial Stochastic Model of Voting.- Closeness Counts in Social Choice.- Freedom, Coercion, and Ability.- Guarantees in Game Forms.- Individual Control in Decision-Making and Attitudes Towards Inequality: The Case of Italy.- The Principle of Fairness: A Game Theoretic Model.- Power, Productivity, and Profits.- Trust, Responsibility, Power, and Social Capital.- Exploiting The Prince.