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Electing a Parliament

  • Francesco De Sinopoli
  • Leo Ferraris
  • Giovanna Iannantuoni

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We present a model where a society elects a parliament by voting for candidates belonging to two parties. The electoral rule determines the seats distribution between the two parties. We analyze two electoral rules, multidistrict majority and single-district proportional. In this framework, the policy outcome is simply a function of the number of seats parties take in the election. We prove that in both systems there is a unique pure strategy perfect equilibrium outcome. Finally, we compare the outcomes in the two systems.

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Paper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 150.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
Date of revision: Dec 2008
Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:150
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