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On the Ideology Motive in Political Economy Models

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  • Volker Grossmann

    (University of Fribourg, Switzerland, CESifo, Germany and Institute for the Study of Labor, Germany)

Abstract

This note provides a simple political economy model which captures the trade-off of political parties between catering to their "core" constituency and appealing to middle-of-the-road voters, who are not intrinsically attached to a party. The analysis reconciles seemingly ideology-motivated behavior of political parties with vote-maximization.

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  • Volker Grossmann, 2006. "On the Ideology Motive in Political Economy Models," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 5(1), pages 75-82, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:5:y:2006:i:1:p:75-82
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    Keywords

    ideological polarization; partisan constituency; political parties;

    JEL classification:

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

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