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A runoff system restores the principle of minimum differentiation

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  • Haan, Marco
  • Volkerink, Bjørn

    (Groningen University)

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We show that the principle of minimum differentiation holds in two-round elections, for any number of candidates, regardless of the presence of entrants, or the distribution of voters’ preferences.

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 99C22.

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Date of creation: 1999
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  1. Konstantin Sonin & Scott Gehlbach, 2004. "Businessman Candidates," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings, Econometric Society 178, Econometric Society.
  2. Sandro Brusco & Marcin Dziubinski & Jaideep Roy, 2010. "The Hotelling-Downs Model with Runoff Voting," Department of Economics Working Papers, Stony Brook University, Department of Economics 10-02, Stony Brook University, Department of Economics.

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