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    What Americans Think of the News—and What That Means for Democracy

    Apr 28, 2020

    RAND researchers asked a nationally representative sample of adults about their news-consumption habits. The answers reveal clues about what it might take to address Truth Decay—the decline of facts in U.S. public life.

  • Supporters of the outgoing president, Donald Trump, climb a wall during a deadly mob assault on the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021, January 6, 2021, photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters

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    The Battle of Capitol Hill

    Jan 11, 2021

    The deadly mob assault on the U.S. Capitol Building was a predictable possibility. Democracy held, but security failed, spectacularly. We need to be better prepared for future acts of political violence.

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    Mathematical Properties of the Banzhaf Power Index

    This paper investigates some properties of the Banzhaf index, the main topics being its derivation from axioms and its behavior in weighted-voting models when the number of small voters tends to infinity.

    Oct 1, 1977

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    Values of Large Games, I: A Limit Theorem

    An analysis of what happens in a weighted majority game when a block of votes is broken up and distributed among a large number of players.

    Aug 1, 1977

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    A Comparison of Power Indices and a Nonsymmetric Generalization

    The first half of this paper describes and contrasts two well known measures of power in voting systems. The second half develops an explanatory model for a generalization of the Shapley-Shubik measure.

    May 1, 1977

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    Weighted Voting: A Mathematical Analysis for Instrumental Judgments

    A mathematical analysis of weighted voting, designed to demonstrate the utility of such analysis for political philosophy.

    Mar 1, 1966

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    Democracy and economic change in India.

    Democracy and economic change in India.

    Jan 1, 1966

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    Values of Games With Infinitely Many Players

    An informal account of the power structure of voting games having a denumerable infinity of players. Special attention is given to the class of "binary games" in which each player has twice as much voting strength as the next.

    Dec 1, 1961

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    Jennifer Kavanagh

    Director, Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of Michigan; M.A. in political science, University of Michigan; B.A. in government, Harvard University

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    Omair Khan

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P., University of Michigan; B.S. in economics, Georgia State University

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    Erik Mobrand

    Korea Policy Chair; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in politics, Princeton University; M.A. in politics, Princeton University; B.A. in political science & international relations, University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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    People

    Diana Y. Myers

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in political science, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Molly Selvin

    Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in history, University of California, San Diego; M.A. in history, University of California, San Diego; B.A. in history, University of California, San Diego