№ 2, 2011
The article offers two approaches towards measuring factional discipline in the collective decision-making organs, one of which allows to evaluate the overall level of factional discipline within a deputies’ group or faction and the other allows to trace its dynamics. The article consists of three parts. The first one describes an approach towards measuring factional discipline based on calculating split thresholds within deputies’ groups and factions; the second one introduces an index of faction discipline; the third one presents results of applying these approaches to the analysis of factional discipline in the first, second and third Russian State Dumas.
№ 4, 2008
The article deals with description and comparative analysis of the quantitative methods used to conceptualize the influence of stakeholders elaborating collective decisions. Among the approaches considered by A.Sokolova are such methods as the Banzhaf index and other classical indexes that measure potential (a-priori) influence of the stakeholders that depends only on the distribution of voices and decision-making rule; the Aleskerov influence index that determines the real (a-posteriori) influence of the stakeholders that considers their preferences in relation to the coalition partners; the Coleman index that allows to assess the ability of the participants to ban the decision; and the index of effectiveness of the influence that shows the degree to which the stakeholders have implemented their potential influence.
№ 3, 2007
A.Sokolova gives the review of the first issue of new specialized journal called to create a publishing site for researchers who use the tools of exact sciences for studying of socio-political sphere.
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