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Luxembourg in the Early Days of the EEC: Null Player or Not?

Department of Economics, University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstr. 30, 95447 Bayreuth, Germany
Games 2018, 9(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/g9020029
Received: 3 February 2018 / Revised: 26 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 22 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Political Economy, Social Choice and Game Theory)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: weighted voting; simple games; voting power; null player; dummy player weighted voting; simple games; voting power; null player; dummy player
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