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Valence influence in electoral competition with rank objectives

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  • Alexander Shapoval

    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Shlomo Weber

    (New Economic School
    Southern Methodist University)

  • Alexei Zakharov

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

Abstract

In this paper we examine the effects of valence in a continuous spatial voting model with two incumbent candidates and a potential entrant. All candidates are rank-motivated. We first consider the case where the low valence incumbent (LVC) and the entrant have zero valence, whereas the valence of the high valence incumbent (HVC) is positive. We show that a sufficiently large valence of HVC guarantees a unique equilibrium, where the two incumbents prevent the entry of the third candidate. We also show that an increase in valence allows HVC to adopt a more centrist policy position, while LVC selects a more extreme position. We also examine the existence of equilibrium for the cases where the LVC has higher or lower valence than the entrant.

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  • Alexander Shapoval & Shlomo Weber & Alexei Zakharov, 2019. "Valence influence in electoral competition with rank objectives," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 48(3), pages 713-753, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jogath:v:48:y:2019:i:3:d:10.1007_s00182-019-00659-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s00182-019-00659-3
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    Keywords

    Valence; Candidates; Electoral game; Rank objectives; Electoral equilibrium; Distribution of ideal points;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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