Colignatus, Thomas (2007): Why one would accept Voting Theory for Democracy and reject the Penrose Square Root Weights.
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Various scientists under the label of “Scientists for a democratic Europe” (SDE) sent a joint “Letter to the governments of the EU member states” (2007) advising the use of the Penrose Square Root Weights (PSRW) for the EU Council of Ministers. When we compare the SDE letter with Colignatus (2001, 2007b) “Voting theory for democracy” (VTFD) then we find that SDE does not fit voting theory for democracy. Inspection of the material upon which the SDE letter is based also shows a moral choice while the rigorous empirical analysis by Gelman, Katz and Bafumi (2007) is actually misrepresented. So the SDE letter can also be rejected on its own grounds. The PSRW approach seems not valid for (indivisible) individuals but may be applicable for divisible shares in shareholder meetings.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Thomas Cool Consultancy & Econometrics|
|Original Title:||Why one would accept Voting Theory for Democracy and reject the Penrose Square Root Weights|
|Keywords:||voting theory; voting systems; elections; public choice; political economy; Borda Fixed Point; democracy; European Union; Penrose square root weights;|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D71 - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
A - General Economics and Teaching > A2 - Economics Education and Teaching of Economics
H - Public Economics > H0 - General
|Depositing User:||Thomas Colignatus|
|Date Deposited:||06. Jul 2007|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 10:24|
Thomas Colignatus is the preferred name of Thomas Cool in science.
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