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Strategies of the Political Opposition

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  • Amihai Glazer

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Abstract

I consider the strategies that an opposition party can use against an incumbent party which controls the government. The focus is on strategies when citizens vote retrospectively (so that the incumbent's chance of winning re-election increases with his performance), and when citizens compare the estimated abilities of the candidates. In both cases, the equilibrium may have the opposition vote against all policies the government proposes.

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  • Amihai Glazer, 2007. "Strategies of the Political Opposition," Working Papers 060718, University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:060718
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    1. Fox, Justin & Van Weelden, Richard, 2010. "Partisanship and the effectiveness of oversight," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(9-10), pages 674-687, October.

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    Keywords

    Political opposition; Reputation; Retrospective voting; Policy implementation;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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