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Deliberative democracy and electoral competition

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This paper introduces a model of electoral competition in which candidates select policies and voters are then exposed to arguments in favor of the policies. Voters update their beliefs about their own private preferences after listening to arguments and then vote in the election. I show that candidates adopt more divergent policies when voters are exposed to more arguments before the election.

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  • Hummel, Patrick, 2012. "Deliberative democracy and electoral competition," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 646-667.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:75:y:2012:i:2:p:646-667
    DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2012.02.004
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    Keywords

    Deliberation; Elections; Learning; Policy selection;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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