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Campaign resources and electoral success: Evidence from the 2002 French parliamentary elections

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  • Gil Epstein
  • Raphaël Franck

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We examine the factors that improve the candidates’ likelihood of winning an election by drawing on information from campaign resources used by candidates running in the 2002 French parliamentary election. The main effects that we wish to analyze are the candidates’ gender, political affiliation and possible incumbency. We find that the contributions the candidates received and their political affiliations determine their acceding to the second round of the elections. But surprisingly once they make it to the second round, the contributions cease to be relevant; only the candidates’ gender, incumbency and the actual spending rather than the contribution levels matter. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Volume (Year): 131 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 469-489

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:131:y:2007:i:3:p:469-489

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Keywords: Campaign resources; Elections; Donations; France;

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