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A model of endogenous political party platforms

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  • Andrei Gomberg
  • Francisco Marhuenda
  • Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín

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We develop a model of endogenous party platform formation in a multidimensional policy space. Party platforms depend on the composition of the parties’ primary electorate. The overall social outcome is taken to be a weighted average of party platforms and individuals vote strategically. Equilibrium is defined to obtain when no group of voters can shift the social outcome in its favor by deviating and the party platforms are consistent with their electorate. We provide sufficient conditions for existence of equilibria. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 24 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 373-394

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:24:y:2004:i:2:p:373-394

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Keywords: Endogenous party formation; Multidimensional policy space;

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  1. Katsuya Kobayashi & Hideo Konishi, 2013. "Endogenous Party Line," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 848, Boston College Department of Economics.
  2. Vincent Anesi & Philippe De Donder, 2013. "A coalitional theory of unemployment insurance and employment protection," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 52(3), pages 941-977, April.
  3. Woojin Lee, 2011. "Bandwagon, underdog, and political competition: the uni-dimensional case," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 36(3), pages 423-449, April.
  4. Dhillon, Amrita, 2004. "Political Parties And Coalition Formation," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 697, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  5. Jon Eguia, 2013. "On the spatial representation of preference profiles," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 52(1), pages 103-128, January.

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