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Abstention in Dynamical Models of Spatial Voting


  • Baerbel M. R. Stadler


We consider a model of platform adaptation in spatial voting focussing on the effect of abstention on the stability of the mean voter equilibrium. Two distinct approaches for modeling abstention are explored: (1) voters abstain if party platforms are too similar to each other and (2) voters abstain if both party platforms are far away from their ideal points.

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  • Baerbel M. R. Stadler, 2000. "Abstention in Dynamical Models of Spatial Voting," Working Papers 00-07-040, Santa Fe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:wop:safiwp:00-07-040

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