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On the Size of the Winning Set in the Presence of Interest Groups

  • Vjollca Sadiraj
  • Jan Tuinstra
  • Frans van Winden

Interest groups are introduced in a spatial model of electoral competition between two political parties. We show that the presence of these interest groups increases the winning set, which is the set of policy platforms for the challenger that will defeat the incumbent. Therefore interest groups enhance the probability of the challenger winning the election.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1698.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1698
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  1. George A. Akerlof & Rachel E. Kranton, 2000. "Economics And Identity," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 115(3), pages 715-753, August.
  2. Potters, Jan & Sloof, Randolph, 1996. "Interest groups: A survey of empirical models that try to assess their influence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 403-442, November.
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