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On the Role of Public Opinion Polls in Political Competition

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  • Tangeras, T.P.

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This paper presents a model of strategic positioning during an election campaign in which candidates use results from opinion polls to extract information about voter preferences.

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  • Tangeras, T.P., 1998. "On the Role of Public Opinion Polls in Political Competition," Papers 655, Stockholm - International Economic Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:655
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    Keywords

    ELECTIONS ; SOCIAL WELFARE ; PUBLIC OPINION;

    JEL classification:

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

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