Le Breton, Michel and Van Der Straeten, Karine (2015) Influence versus utility in the evaluation of voting rules: a new look at the Penrose formula. Public Choice, vol. 165 (n° 1). pp. 103-122.

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In this paper, we present a contribution to the analysis of the relationship between influence/power measurement and utility measurement, the two most popular social objective criteria used when evaluating voting mechanisms. For one particular probabilistic model describing the preferences of the electorate, the so-called impartial culture (IC) model used by Banzhaf, the Penrose formula shows that the two objectives coincide. The IC probabilistic model assumes that voter preferences are independent and neutral. In this article, we prove a general version of the Penrose formula, allowing for preference correlations and biases in the electorate. We use that formula to illustrate, for a spectrum of well-known probabilistic models, how the divergence between the two social objectives impacts the ranking and performances of the voting mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 6 November 2015
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Power measurement, Voting, Random electorates
JEL Classification: D71 - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes - Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2024 06:46
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:29888
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/18653

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