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Expressive voting, vanishing moderate voters, and divergent ideologies

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  • Chun-chieh Wang

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Abstract

By introducing expressive voting in the Downs-Hotelling model and allowing voters to abstain from elections, this paper illustrates that low ideological motivation to vote will induce divergent ideologies among candidates because candidates need extreme ideologies to attract extreme voters. Moderate voters will choose to abstain from elections.

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  • Chun-chieh Wang, 2012. "Expressive voting, vanishing moderate voters, and divergent ideologies," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(4), pages 2727-2733.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00564
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    Keywords

    expressive voting; the Downs-Hotelling model; divergent ideologies; moderate voters;

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    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making

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