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Persuasion in Politics

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  • Murphy, Kevin M
  • Shleifer, Andrei

We present a model of the creation of social networks, such as political parties, trade unions, religious coalitions, or political action committees, through discussion and mutual persuasion among their members. The key idea is that people are influenced by those inside their network, but not by those outside. Once created, networks can be “rented out†to politicians who seek votes and support for their initiatives and ideas, which may have little to do with network members' core beliefs. In this framework, political competition does not lead to convergence of party platforms to the views of the median voter. Rather, parties separate their messages and try to isolate their members to prevent personal influence from those in the opposition.

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Paper provided by Harvard University Department of Economics in its series Scholarly Articles with number 27867244.

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Date of creation: 2004
Publication status: Published in American Economic Review
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