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Ballot order effects: an analysis of Irish general elections

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  • Regan, John

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This paper presents evidence of ballot order effects in Irish General Elections, where candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Data relating to elections from 1977 to 2011 suggest the effect is significant in a statistical sense and in magnitude. The nature of the Irish electoral system sees voters cast preferences for candidates, and as a result a greater level of information regarding voters becomes available. Various fixed effects are added to control for constituencies, candidates and political parties.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 38304.

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Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38304

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Keywords: Ballot order effects; Proportional Representation; Fixed Effects; Irish Elections; Maltese Elections;

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  1. Amy King & Andrew Leigh, 2009. "Are Ballot Order Effects Heterogeneous?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 90(1), pages 71-87.
  2. Geys, Benny & Heyndels, Bruno, 2003. " Ballot Layout Effects in the 1995 Elections of the Brussels' Government," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 116(1-2), pages 147-64, July.
  3. Lee, David S., 2008. "Randomized experiments from non-random selection in U.S. House elections," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 142(2), pages 675-697, February.
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  1. Ordering effects, luck & rationality
    by chris dillow in Stumbling and Mumbling on 2012-05-13 09:46:43
  2. What is Democracy? (65): A Political Decision Procedure Distorted by the Order Effect
    by Filip Spagnoli in P.A.P.-Blog on 2013-03-27 14:35:49

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