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Externalities, Social Pressures, and Political Parties

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  • Amihai Glazer

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Members of political parties talk to each other often, and may thereby influence each other. For example, a liberal in a party of moderates may moderate his views. At the same time, the moderates in the party may become more sympathetic to liberal views. Voters in a district may favor such effects if they care about the ideology of officeholders in other districts. They may therefore prefer a candidate who affiliates with a party over an independent with the same position.

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  • Amihai Glazer, 2006. "Externalities, Social Pressures, and Political Parties," Working Papers 060709, University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:060709
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