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The Electoral Politics of Extreme Policies

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  • Glazer, Amihai
  • Gradstein, Mark
  • Konrad, Kai A

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A government may adopt extreme policies (policies lying outside the interval between the ideal points of the political parties) for electoral purposes. It can benefit when a change in policy is costly and when the opposing party cannot commit to maintaining the status quo.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 108 (1998)
Issue (Month): 451 (November)
Pages: 1677-85

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:108:y:1998:i:451:p:1677-85

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  1. Elie Appelbaum & Eliakim Katz, 2007. "Political extremism in the presence of a free rider problem," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 133(1), pages 31-40, October.
  2. Elie Appelbaum, 2004. "Union militancy and the probability of strikes," Working Papers 2004_4, York University, Department of Economics.
  3. Elie Appelbaum, 2006. "Strategic extremism," Working Papers 2006_12, York University, Department of Economics.
  4. Schultz, Christian, 2002. "Policy biases with voters' uncertainty about the economy and the government," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 487-506, March.
  5. Amihai Glazer, 2008. "Urban Extremism," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(2), pages 307-318, October.
  6. Kimiko Terai, 2009. "Electoral control over policy-motivated candidates and their policy biases," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 43-64, January.
  7. Gil S. Epstein, 2006. "Extremism within the family," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0606, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  8. Elie Appelbaum, 2008. "Extremism: Root Causes and Strategic Use in Conflicts," Working Papers 2008_02, York University, Department of Economics.
  9. Gil S. Epstein & Shmuel Nitzan, 2005. "Lobbying and Compromise," CESifo Working Paper Series 1413, CESifo Group Munich.
  10. Egil Matsen & Øystein Thøgersen, 2007. "Habit Formation, Strategic Extremism and Debt Policy," CESifo Working Paper Series 2169, CESifo Group Munich.

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