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Electoral competition with uncertainty averse parties

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    The non-existence of equilibria in models of electoral competition involving multiple issues is one of the more puzzling results in political economics. In this paper, we relax the standard assumption that parties act as expected utility maximizers. We show that equilibria often exist when parties with limited knowledge about the electorate are modeled as uncertainty-averse. What is more, these equilibria can be characterized as a straightforward generalization of the classical median voter result.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

    Volume (Year): 72 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (May)
    Pages: 12-29

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:72:y:2011:i:1:p:12-29

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    Keywords: Uncertainty aversion Multiple priors Median voter Electoral competition over many issues;

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    1. Lang, Matthias & Wambach, Achim, 2013. "The fog of fraud – Mitigating fraud by strategic ambiguity," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 81(C), pages 255-275.

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