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Simulating Party Competition and Vote Decision under Mixed Member Electoral Systems

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This paper proposes an interactive mechanism between both tiers of mixed-member electoral systems to explain high-level linkage in West Germany, that is, the dominance of district races by the candidates of the two largest parties at the national level. The distinctive feature of the model lies in interactive effects in terms of expectation formation. That is, voters under mixed systems are assumed to utilize national-level PR results to form expectations which, in turn, are used to vote strategically in the plurality tier. To sort out the independent effect of these kinds of interactions, this paper develops a computational model and examines its simulation results.

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  • Susumu Shikano, 2009. "Simulating Party Competition and Vote Decision under Mixed Member Electoral Systems," Czech Economic Review, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, vol. 3(3), pages 270-291, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:aucocz:au2009_270
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    Keywords

    Agent-based modelling; mixed-member electoral systems; strategic voting;
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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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