Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/179189
Authors: 
Mayer, Alexander
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] Games [ISSN:] 2073-4336 [Volume:] 9 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 1-12
Abstract: 
Voters whose yes-or-no decision never makes a difference to the outcome in a simple voting game are known as 'null players'. Luxembourg's role in the Council of Ministers during the first period of the European Economic Community (EEC) is often cited as a real-world case. The paper contrasts the textbook claim that Luxembourg was a null player with a more comprehensive picture of Luxembourg's role in EEC's voting system. The assessment of Luxembourg's voting power is sensitive to the role played by the European Commission in the decision-making procedure and the measurement concepts underlying power evaluations.
Subjects: 
weighted voting
simple games
voting power
null player
dummy player
JEL: 
C71
D70
N44
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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