A Power Index for Individuals and Coalitions

  • Samuel Goldberg
Part of the Mathematical Modeling book series (MMO, volume 1a)


“Power is a major explanatory concept in the study of social choice. It is used in studies of relations among nations, of community decision making, of business behavior, and of small-group discussion. Partly because it conveys simultaneously overtones of the cynicism of Realpolitik, the glories of classical mechanics, the realism of elite sociology, and the comforts of anthropocentric theology, power provides a prime focus for disputation and exhortation in several social sciences.” (March [26, p.39].) A general exposition of the notion of power and of attempts to study and explain politics by analyzing power relationships is given by Dahl [11].


Majority Rule Power Index Grand Coalition Weight Vote American Political Science Review 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Goldberg
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsOberlin CollegeOberlinUSA

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