Strategies of the Political Opposition
AbstractI consider the strategies that an opposition party can use against an incumbent party which controls the government. The focus is on strategies when citizens vote retrospectively (so that the incumbent's chance of winning re-election increases with his performance), and when citizens compare the estimated abilities of the candidates. In both cases, the equilibrium may have the opposition vote against all policies the government proposes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 060718.
Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Political opposition; Reputation; Retrospective voting; Policy implementation;
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