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Expressive voting, vanishing moderate voters, and divergent ideologies

  • Chun-chieh Wang

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    (National Sun Yat-Sen University)

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    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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    Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 2727-2733

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    1. Stephen Drinkwater & Colin Jennings, 2007. "Who are the expressive voters?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 132(1), pages 179-189, July.
    2. Greene, Kenneth V & Nelson, Phillip J, 2002. " If Extremists Vote How Do They Express Themselves? An Empirical Test of an Expressive Theory of Voting," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 113(3-4), pages 425-36, December.
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    4. Stephen Coate & Michael Conlin, 2004. "A Group Rule–Utilitarian Approach to Voter Turnout: Theory and Evidence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(5), pages 1476-1504, December.
    5. Bendor, Jonathan & Diermeier, Daniel & Ting, Michael M., 2000. "A Behavioral Model of Turnout," Research Papers 1627, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
    6. Anthony Downs, 1957. "An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 65, pages 135.
    7. Aragones, Enriqueta & Palfrey, Thomas. R., 2000. "Mixed Equilibrium in a Downsian Model With a Favored Candidate," Working Papers 1102, California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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