Partisanship as Information
AbstractIntuitively, we associate different political parties with different types of policy. In contrast, this paper shows that, in the absence of differential costs of membership among parties (that is, if party membership is cheap talk), party labels cannot perfectly signal the ideologies of candidates. However, under certain conditions, parties can signal candidate types imperfectly. The paper, therefore, also provides an example of how costless communication can be effective in games of partial conflict. Copyright 1994 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Tilburg - Center for Economic Research in its series Papers with number 9248.
Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 1992
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- Mike Felgenhauer, 2012. "Revealing information in electoral competition," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 153(1), pages 55-68, October.
- Paul Heidhues & Johan Lagerlöf, 2000.
"Hiding Information in Electoral Competition,"
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FS IV 00-06, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Research Unit: Competition and Innovation (CIG), revised Feb 2002.
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