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The Electoral Politics of Extreme Policies

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  • Glazer, Amihai
  • Gradstein, Mark
  • Konrad, Kai A

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A government may adopt extreme policies (policies lying outside the interval between the ideal points of the political parties) for electoral purposes. It can benefit when a change in policy is costly and when the opposing party cannot commit to maintaining the status quo.

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  • Glazer, Amihai & Gradstein, Mark & Konrad, Kai A, 1998. "The Electoral Politics of Extreme Policies," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 108(451), pages 1677-1685, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:108:y:1998:i:451:p:1677-85
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