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The Downsian Model of Electoral Participation: Formal Theory and Empirical Analysis of the Constituency Size Effect

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  • Stephen Hansen
  • Thomas R Palfrey
  • Howard Rosenthal

This paper applies a game-theoretic model of participation under uncertainty to investigate the negative relationship between constituency size and voter turnout rates: theconstituency size effect. We find that this theoretical model accounts for almost all of the variation in turnout due to size in cross sectional data from school budget referenda. Copyright Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1987

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Date of creation: 10 Dec 2010
Handle: RePEc:cla:levarc:101
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  1. repec:cup:apsrev:v:79:y:1985:i:01:p:62-78_22 is not listed on IDEAS
  2. Anthony Downs, 1957. "An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 65, pages 135-135.
  3. repec:cup:apsrev:v:77:y:1983:i:03:p:675-689_24 is not listed on IDEAS
  4. repec:cup:apsrev:v:62:y:1968:i:01:p:25-42_11 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Gary Chamberlain, 1980. "Analysis of Covariance with Qualitative Data," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 47(1), pages 225-238.
  6. repec:cup:apsrev:v:68:y:1974:i:02:p:525-536_11 is not listed on IDEAS
  7. Jonathan Silberman & Garey Durden, 1975. "The rational behavior theory of voter participation," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 101-108, September.
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