Strategic Positioning and Campaining
AbstractData from US presidential elections show that most third parties take extreme positions rather than positions between those of the major partie. This and other phenomena are explained with an extension of the Downsian model of voting. When parties choose not only positions, but also choose among which voters to campaign, then a small party amy choose an extreme position to reduce the effectiveness of campaigns against it, and to induce a big party to campaign against another big party, rather than against itself.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by California Irvine - School of Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 97-98-23.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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- Elie Appelbaum & Eliakim Katz, 2007.
"Political extremism in the presence of a free rider problem,"
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- Elie Appelbaum & Eliakim Katz, 2005. "Political extremism in the presence of a free rider problem," Working Papers 2005_3, York University, Department of Economics.
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