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Election campaigns, agenda setting and electoral outcomes

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  • Manfred Holler

    () (University of Hamburg)

  • Peter Skott

    () (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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Framing effects and bounded rationality imply that election campaigns may be an important determinant of election outcomes. This paper uses a two-party setting and simple game theoretic models to analyse the strategic interaction between the parties’ campaign decisions. Alternations of power emerge naturally, even if both electoral preferences and party positions remain constant.

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  • Manfred Holler & Peter Skott, 2004. "Election campaigns, agenda setting and electoral outcomes," UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers 2004-12, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Election; campaign platforms; agenda setting; cost of ruling; Condorcet;

    JEL classification:

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

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