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On the Ideology Motive in Political Economy Models

  • Volker Grossmann

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

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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Article provided by College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan in its journal International Journal of Business and Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 75-82

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