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Election campaigns, agenda setting and electoral outcomes

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  • Manfred Holler

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    (University of Hamburg)

  • Peter Skott

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    (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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Framing effects and bounded rationality imply that election campaigns may be an important determinant of election outcomes. This paper uses a two-party setting and simple game theoretic models to analyse the strategic interaction between the parties’ campaign decisions. Alternations of power emerge naturally, even if both electoral preferences and party positions remain constant.

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Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics in its series UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers with number 2004-12.

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Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Keywords: Election; campaign platforms; agenda setting; cost of ruling; Condorcet;

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