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Vote Buying: General Elections

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  • Eddie Dekel
  • Matthew O. Jackson
  • Asher Wolinsky

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We examine the consequences of vote buying, assuming this practice were allowed and free of stigma. Two parties compete in a binary election and may purchase votes in a sequential bidding game via up-front binding payments and/or campaign promises (platforms) that are contingent on the outcome of the election. We analyze the role of the parties' and voters' preferences in determining the winner and the payments to voters. (c) 2008 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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  • Eddie Dekel & Matthew O. Jackson & Asher Wolinsky, 2008. "Vote Buying: General Elections," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 116(2), pages 351-380, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:116:y:2008:i:2:p:351-380
    DOI: 10.1086/587624
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    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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