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Making statements and approval voting

  • Enriqueta Aragones

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  • Itzhak Gilboa

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  • Andrew Weiss

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We assume that people have a need to make statements, and construct a model in which this need is the sole determinant of voting behavior. In this model, an individual selects a ballot that makes as close a statement as possible to her ideal point, where abstaining from voting is a possible (null) statement. We show that in such a model, a political system that adopts approval voting may be expected to enjoy a significantly higher rate of participation in elections than a comparable system with plurality rule.

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Volume (Year): 71 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 461-472

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