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A note on forward induction in a model of representative democracy

  • DE SINOPOLI, Francesco

The citizen-candidate approach, proposed to study the performance of representative democracies, builds on a multi-stage game where the same agents are asked whether or not to become a candidate and, successively, to vote. Consistently, the solution concept adopted in Besley and Coate (1997) conforms to backward induction rationality. In this note we remark that it does not conform to forward induction rationality.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1999060.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1999060
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