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Vote Bying I: General Elections

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  • Eddie Dekel
  • Matthew O. Jackson
  • Asher Wolinksy

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We examine the consequences of vote buying, assuming this practice were al- lowed and free of stigma. Two parties compete in a binary election and may purchase votes in a sequential bidding game via up-front binding payments and/or campaign promises (platforms) that are contingent upon the outcome of the elec- tion. We analyze the role of the parties' and voters' preferences in determining the winner and the payments to voters.

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Paper provided by Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science in its series Discussion Papers with number 1434.

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Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:nwu:cmsems:1434

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Keywords: vote buying; political economy; campaign promises.;

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