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Competing for Endorsements


  • Grossman, G.M.
  • Helpman, E.


In most elections the leaders of organizaed interest groups publicly announce their support for one candidate or slate of candidates or another. Why are there political endorsements made? and what role do they play in the election process and in the determination of policy? We see public endorsements as a means of communication between the well informed leaders of special interest groups and the lesser informed rank-and-file members.

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  • Grossman, G.M. & Helpman, E., 1998. "Competing for Endorsements," Papers 09-98, Tel Aviv.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:09-98

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    JEL classification:

    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations


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