Units of Analysis and Rae's Fractionalization Index

  title={Units of Analysis and Rae's Fractionalization Index},
  author={Donald A. Gross},
This article examines the relationship between Rae's fractionalization index and the units of analysis on which it is based. It is shown that as one increases the size of the unit of analysis, the value of the index will increase. An exact mathematical relationship between the mean level of fractionalization for a given set of units and a fractionalization index based upon the aggregate voting totals for the units is established. This relationship shows that the aggregate fractionalization… CONTINUE READING