Measuring power in voting bodies

Harvey W. Kushner, Arnold B. Urken

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


This analysis of the Dahl and Brams measures of voting power indicates that the Brams measure is a more valid measure of power in voting bodies. Nevertheless, in cases in which abstention or absences are formal or de facto voting alternatives, the Brams index becomes invalid because it does not account for the full range of an actor's choices. Moreover, the utility of the Brams index is limited by the problem of analyzing the power orderings it generates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Measuring power in voting bodies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this