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Beiträge Zur WirtschaftsforschungFreedom, Power, and Success: A Game Theoretic Perspective

By Matthew Braham, Matthew Braham, Rudy Fara, Moshé Machover, Stefan Napel, Hannu Nurmi and Frank Steffen


ABSTRACT This paper is about the measurement specific freedoms – the freedom of an agent to undertake some particular action. In a recent paper, Dowding and van Hees (2003) discuss the need for, and general form of, a ‘freedom function ’ that assigns a value between 0 and 1 to a right or freedom and that describes the expectation that a person may have about being in a position to exercise (‘being free to perform’) that freedom or legal right. An examination of the literature shows that such a measure has never been properly defined. Based on the framework of a game form, I develop a very simple and natural measure of specific freedom that turns out to the conditional variant of ‘success’, a measure that we know from the literature on voting power. Some properties and characteristics of the measure are discussed

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Year: 2003
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