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Nomination processes and policy outcomes

  • Jackson, Matthew O.
  • Mathevet, Laurent
  • Mattes, Kyle

We provide a set of new models of three different processes by which political parties nominate candidates for a general election: nominations by party leaders, nominations by a vote of party members, and nominations by a spending competition among potential candidates. We show that more extreme outcomes can emerge from spending competition than from nominations by votes or by party leaders, and that non-median outcomes can result via any of these processes. When voters (and potential nominees) are free to switch political parties, then median outcomes ensue when nominations are decided by a vote but not when nominations are decided by spending competition.

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Paper provided by California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences in its series Working Papers with number 1250.

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Length: 25 pages
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Publication status: Published in Quarterly Journal of Political Science, V. 2, #1 (2007) pp. 67-94.
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