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Reliability and Responsibility: A Theory of Endogenous Commitment

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  • Matteo Triossi

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A common assumption in Political Science literature is policy commitment: candidates maintain their electoral promises. We drop such assumption and we show that costless electoral campaign can be an effective way of transmitting information to voters. The result is robust to relevant equilibrium refinements. An unavoidable proportion of ambiguous politicians emerges.

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Paper provided by Collegio Carlo Alberto in its series Carlo Alberto Notebooks with number 21.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cca:wpaper:21

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Keywords: Information Transmission; Electoral Campaign; Endogenous Commitment.;

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