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Making Statements and Approval Voting

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  • Enriqueta Aragonès
  • Itzhak Gilboa
  • Andrew Weiss

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We assume that people have a need to make statements, and construct a model in which this need is the sole determinant of voting behavior. In this model, an individual selects a ballot that makes as close a statement as possible to her ideal point, where abstaining from voting is a possible (null) statement. We show that in such a model, a political system that adopts approval voting may be expected to enjoy a significantly higher rate of participation in elections than a comparable system with plurality rule.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 237.

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  1. Lohmann, Susanne, 1994. "Information Aggregation through Costly Political Action," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 84(3), pages 518-30, June.
  2. Robert J. Weber, 1995. "Approval Voting," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 9(1), pages 39-49, Winter.
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  5. Brams, S.J. & Fishburn, P.C., 2003. "Going from Theory to Practice: The Mixed Success of Approval Voting," Working Papers, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University 03-06, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University.
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  1. Miguel Angel Ballester & Pedro Rey-Biel, 2007. "Sincere Voting with Cardinal Preferences: Approval Voting," UFAE and IAE Working Papers, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC) 675.07, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).

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