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Convergence Results for Unanimous Voting

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  • Martinelli, Cesar

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We develop a unidimensional spatial model of two party competition in which parties are better informed than voters about the bliss point of voters. The announced positions of the two parties serve as signals to the voters concerning the parties' private information. Surprisingly, in all separating equilibria the policies implemented by the left-wing party, when it attains power, are to the right of the policies implemented by the right-wing party when it attains power in turn. The driving force behind this result is that, in the event of a shock making right-wing policies more attractive, the incentives pushing the left party to the right are strong, since by winning the election it can avoid the right party implementing extreme policies, while the right-wing party can stay put in a radical stance with the prospect of seeing relatively attractive policies implemented by the rival party.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 105 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 278-297

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:105:y:2002:i:2:p:278-297

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Cited by:
  1. Gerling, Kerstin & Gruner, Hans Peter & Kiel, Alexandra & Schulte, Elisabeth, 2005. "Information acquisition and decision making in committees: A survey," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 563-597, September.
  2. Patrick Hummel, 2012. "Deliberation in large juries with diverse preferences," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 150(3), pages 595-608, March.
  3. Hummel, Patrick, 2011. "Information aggregation in multicandidate elections under plurality rule and runoff voting," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 62(1), pages 1-6, July.
  4. Pablo Amorós, 2009. "Picking the Winners," Working Papers 2009-2, Universidad de Málaga, Department of Economic Theory, Málaga Economic Theory Research Center.
  5. Patrick Hummel, 2010. "Jury theorems with multiple alternatives," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 65-103, January.
  6. Archishman Chakraborty & Rick Harbaugh, 2006. "Persuasion by Cheap Talk," Working Papers 2006-10, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, revised Oct 2009.

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