The Economics of Split-Ticket Voting in Representative Democracies
In U.S. elections, voters often vote for candidates from different parties for president and Congress. Voters also express dissatisfaction with the performance of Congress as a whole and satisfaction with their own representative. The authors develop a model of split-ticket voting in which government spending is financed by uniform taxes. The benefits from this spending are concentrated. While the model generates split-ticket voting, overall spending is too high only if the president's powers are limited. Overall spending is too high in a parliamentary system. The authors' model can be used as the basis of an argument for term limits. Copyright 1997 by American Economic Association.
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Volume (Year): 87 (1997)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
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