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Expressive voting, vanishing moderate voters, and divergent ideologies

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  • Chun-chieh Wang

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    (National Sun Yat-Sen University)

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    By introducing expressive voting in the Downs-Hotelling model and allowing voters to abstain from elections, this paper illustrates that low ideological motivation to vote will induce divergent ideologies among candidates because candidates need extreme ideologies to attract extreme voters. Moderate voters will choose to abstain from elections.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 2727-2733

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00564

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    Keywords: expressive voting; the Downs-Hotelling model; divergent ideologies; moderate voters;

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    1. Enriqueta Aragonés & Thomas R. Palfrey, 2000. "Mixed equilibrium in a Downsian model with a favored candidate," Economics Working Papers 502, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
    2. Greene, Kenneth V & Nelson, Phillip J, 2002. " If Extremists Vote How Do They Express Themselves? An Empirical Test of an Expressive Theory of Voting," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 113(3-4), pages 425-36, December.
    3. Anthony Downs, 1957. "An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 65, pages 135.
    4. Stephen Drinkwater & Colin Jennings, 2007. "Who are the expressive voters?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 132(1), pages 179-189, July.
    5. Kan, Kamhon & Yang, C C, 2001. " On Expressive Voting: Evidence from the 1988 U.S. Presidential Election," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 108(3-4), pages 295-312, September.
    6. Stephen Coate & Michael Conlin, 2004. "A Group Rule–Utilitarian Approach to Voter Turnout: Theory and Evidence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(5), pages 1476-1504, December.
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