© 2001

Power Indices and Coalition Formation

  • Manfred J. Holler
  • Guillermo Owen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Why Power Indices and Coalition Formation?

    1. Manfred J. Holler, Guillermo Owen
      Pages 1-13
  3. Refinements and Extensions of Power Indices

  4. Coalition Formation and Values

    1. Rafel Amer, Francesc Carreras
      Pages 153-173
    2. Harry Aarts, Yukihiko Funaki, Kees Hoede
      Pages 231-251
  5. Power in European Decision Making

    1. Hannu Nurmi, Tommi Meskanen, Antti Pajala
      Pages 291-313
    2. Matthias Brueckner
      Pages 341-351

About this book


In recent years, publications on power indices and coalition formation have multiplied. Obviously, the application of these concepts to political institutions, more specifically, to the analysis of the European Union and, as it seems, the election of the President of the United States is getting more and more popular. There are, however, also new theoretical instruments and perspectives that support these applications: First of all, the probabilistic model of coalition formation has to be mentioned which is made operational by the multilinear extension of the characteristic function form of coalition games. This instrument triggered off a reinterpretation of existing power indices and the formulation of new indices. This development is accompanied by an intensive discussion of the concept of power in general - what do we measure when we apply power measures? - and the properties that an adequate measure of power has to satisfy. Various concepts of monotonicity were proposed as litmus test. The discussion shows that the underlying theories of coalition formation play a decisive role.
New results will be discussed in this volume. Its contributions put flesh and blood on the theoretical innovations and their applications that led to a growing interest in power indices and coalition formation.


European Union (EU) Government Institution democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred J. Holler
    • 1
  • Guillermo Owen
    • 2
  1. 1.Universitat HamburgGermany
  2. 2.Naval Postgraduate SchoolUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Power Indices and Coalition Formation
  • Editors M.J. Holler
    Guillermo Owen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-7359-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-4893-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-6221-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 386
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Science
    Economic Policy
    Public Economics
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