Power indices and the design of electoral/constitutional systems

Ron Johnston*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The literature on power indices is very large, but it has had little impact on public debate regarding various aspects of constitutional reform and the design of electoral and voting systems. The need for such an impact is very substantial, as illustrated by three recent examples drawn from New Zealand and the UK. But researchers who use power indices seem to prefer to be scholars (working in 'ivory towers') rather than technocrats or emancipators who might engineer or stimulate informed change: their research has very little wider impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower, Voting, and Voting Power: 30 Years After
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages333-345
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783642359293
ISBN (Print)3642359280, 9783642359286
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

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