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Running against the status quo: Institutions for direct democracy referenda and allocations over time

  • Daniel Ingberman
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    Stylized institutions for direct democracy referenda are examined in a dynamic full information environment with myopic voters. Competitive-agenda (median-voter) processes are contrasted with monopolistic (controlled-agenda) processes by extending existing static analyses to a class of dynamic institutions not previously characterized, the status quo reversion rule. This highlights the dependence of the progression of real equilibrium allocations over time on institutional structure. By delineating the restrictions implied by each institutional form the model explains some persistent empirical regularities. In particular, a strict ceteris paribus ordering of the magnitudes of budgets by institutional form is derived for a wide portion of the parameter space. Copyright Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1985

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 46 (1985)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 19-43

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