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Political Polarization

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  • Dixit, Avinash

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    (Princeton University)

  • Weibull, Jörgen

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Abstract

Failures of government policies often provoke opposite reactions from citizens; some call for a reversal of the policy while others favor its continuation in stronger form. We offer an explanation of such polarization, based on a natural bimodality of preferences in political and economic contexts, and consistent with Bayesian rationality.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 655.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 22 Aug 2006
Date of revision: 12 Apr 2007
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0655

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Keywords: polarization; voting; information;

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  1. Binswanger, J. & Prüfer, J., 2012. "Democracy, populism, and (un)bounded rationality," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5117897, Tilburg University.
  2. Jurjen J.A. Kamphorst & Otto H. Swank, 2010. "When Galatea cares about her Reputation: How having Faith in your Workers reduces their Motivation to shine," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 10-123/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Laslier, Jean-François & Weibull, Jörgen, 2008. "Commitee decisions: optimality and equilibrium," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 692, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 11 Mar 2008.

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