This analysis of the Dahl and Brams measures of voting power indicates that the Brams measure is a more valid measure of power in voting bodies. Nevertheless, in cases in which abstention or absences are formal or de facto voting alternatives, the Brams index becomes invalid because it does not account for the full range of an actor's choices. Moreover, the utility of the Brams index is limited by the problem of analyzing the power orderings it generates.
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