Mouzon, Olivier de, Laurent, Thibault, Le Breton, Michel and Moyouwou, Issofa (2020) “One man one vote”. Part 1: electoral justice in the U.S. electoral college: Banzhaf and Shapley/Shubik versus May. In: Evaluating voting systems with probability models: essays by and in honor of William Gehrlein and Dominique Lepelley. Diss, Mostopha and Merlin, Vincent (eds.) Springer Verlag. Series “Studies in choice and welfare” pp. 189-227. ISBN 978-3-030-48598-6

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This paper is dedicated to the measurement of (or lack of) electoral justice in the 2010Electoral College using a methodology based on the expected influence of the vote of each citizen for three probability models. Our first contribution is to revisit and reproduce the results obtained by Owen (1975) for the 1960 and 1970 Electoral College. His work displays an intriguing coincidence between the conclusions drawn respectively from the Banzhaf and Shapley-Shubik’s probability models. Both probability models conclude toa violation of electoral justice at the expense of small states. Our second contribution is to demonstrate that this conclusion is completely flipped upside-down when we use May’s probability model: this model leads instead to a violation of electoral justice at the expense of large states. Besides unifying disparate approaches through a common measurement methodology, one main lesson of the paper is that the conclusions are sensitive to the prob-ability models which are used and in particular to the type and magnitude of correlation between voters that they carry.

Item Type: Book Section
Language: English
Date: 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electoral College, Electoral Justice, Voting Power
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: 22 Mar 2021 10:08
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 09:43
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