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Public Funding Of Political Parties

  • Christian Schultz

    (University of Copenhagen)

  • Ignacio Ortuño Ortín

    (Universidad de Alicante)

This paper concerns public funding of parties. Parties receive public funds depending on their vote share. Funds finance electoral campaigns. Two cases are investigated. In the first some voters are policy motivated and some are "impressionable" - their vote depends directly on campaign expenditures. In the second campaigning is informative and all voters are policy motivated. Public funds increase policy convergence in both cases. The effect is larger, the more funding depends on vote shares. When campaigns are informative, there may be multiple equilibria. Intuitively, a large party can stay large since it receives large funds.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2000-27.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2000-27
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