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If You Cannot Get Your Friends Elected, Lobby Your Enemies

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  • Leonardo Felli
  • Antonio Merlo

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We incorporate campaign contributions in the citizen-candidate model of representative democracy with endogenous lobbying of Felli and Merlo (2006). In equilibrium, lobbies contribute to the electoral campaign of candidates whose policy preferences are aligned with their own. In the event that their preferred candidate does not win the election, lobbies also transfer resources to elected politicians with opposed preferences to induce policy compromise. On the other hand, lobbies never make post electoral transfers to winning candidates whose electoral campaign they supported. (c) 2007 by the European Economic Association.

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  • Leonardo Felli & Antonio Merlo, 2007. "If You Cannot Get Your Friends Elected, Lobby Your Enemies," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 5(2-3), pages 624-635, 04-05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:5:y:2007:i:2-3:p:624-635
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    1. Zudenkova, Galina, 2010. "Sincere Lobby Formation," MPRA Paper 28249, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. P. Roberti, 2016. "Citizens or lobbies: who controls policy?," Working Papers wp1085, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    3. Zudenkova, Galina, 2012. "Lobbying as a Guard against Extremism," Working Papers 2072/184036, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
    4. Klingelhöfer, Jan, 2013. "Lobbying and Elections," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79722, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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