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Strategic Positioning and Campaining

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  • Glazer, A.

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Data from US presidential elections show that most third parties take extreme positions rather than positions between those of the major partie. This and other phenomena are explained with an extension of the Downsian model of voting. When parties choose not only positions, but also choose among which voters to campaign, then a small party amy choose an extreme position to reduce the effectiveness of campaigns against it, and to induce a big party to campaign against another big party, rather than against itself.

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  • Glazer, A., 1998. "Strategic Positioning and Campaining," Papers 97-98-23, California Irvine - School of Social Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:97-98-23
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    1. Elie Appelbaum & Eliakim Katz, 2007. "Political extremism in the presence of a free rider problem," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 133(1), pages 31-40, October.

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    Keywords

    ELECTIONS ; VOTING;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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