Turnout and Policy: The role of candidates

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dc.contributor.author VALASEK, Justin Mattias
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T13:54:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T13:54:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/23425
dc.description.abstract Turnout is an important determinant of which candidate wins an election. Since candidates know this, it follows that they will consider turnout when choosing their policy platforms. In this paper I formally examine the effect voter turnout has on candidates' policy positions by characterizing the equilibrium policy choices of candidates given the subsequent equilibrium turnout. I show that alienation among extreme voters, which occurs only when citizens' utility over policy is convex or linear, is a necessary condition for divergent, positive-turnout equilibria. My model suggests that candidate polarization is correlated with the importance of the election outcome and, counterintuitively, predicts that the level of turnout can increase with the cost of voting. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2012/18 en
dc.subject Voter turnout en
dc.subject policy separation en
dc.subject D72 en
dc.title Turnout and Policy: The role of candidates en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.neeo.contributor VALASEK|Justin Mattias|aut|


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