A model of cultural transmission, voting and political ideology
In this paper we present a model of cultural transmission of preferences on goods some of which are provided publicly through simple majority voting. We emphasize the existence of a two way causality between socialization decisions and political outcomes. This generales the possibility of indeterminacies and multiple self fulfilling equilibrium paths in cultural change and politics. We provide then a rationale for ideologies and collective socialization institutions as coordination mechanisms allowing cultural groups to preserve or shift political power in favor of their preference profile in the long run.
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|Date of creation:||1999|
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|Publication status:||Published in European Journal of Political Economy, 2000, vol. 16, pp. 5-29.|
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