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Electoral platforms, implemented policies and abstention

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dc.contributor.author Llavador, Humberto
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-25T09:27:10Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-25T09:27:10Z
dc.date.issued 2001-09-01
dc.identifier https://econ-papers.upf.edu/ca/paper.php?id=571
dc.identifier.citation Social Choice and Welfare, Volume 27, Number 1 / August, 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/937
dc.description.abstract Recent studies of American politics evidence that political polarization of both the electorate and the political elite have moved 'almost in tandem for the past half century' (McCarty et al., 2003, p.2), and that party polarization has steadily increased since the 1970s. On the other hand, the empirical literature on party platforms and implemented policies has consistently found an imperfect but nonnegligible correlation between electoral platforms and governmental policies: while platforms tend to be polarized, policies are moderate or centrist. However, existing theoretical models of political competition are not manifestly compatible with these observations. In this paper, we distinguish between electoral platforms and implemented policies by incorporating a non-trivial policy-setting process. It follows that voters may care not only about the implemented policy but also about the platform they support with their vote. We find that while parties tend to polarize their positions, the risk of alienating their constituency prevents them from radicalizing. The analysis evidences that the distribution of the electorate, and not only the (expected) location of a pivotal voter, matters in determining policies. Our results are consistent with the observation of polarized platforms and moderate policies, and the alienation and indifference components of abstention.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Business Working Papers Series; 571
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dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.title Electoral platforms, implemented policies and abstention
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2020-05-25T09:19:09Z
dc.subject.keyword abstention
dc.subject.keyword alienation
dc.subject.keyword platforms
dc.subject.keyword polarization
dc.subject.keyword voting
dc.subject.keyword Microeconomics
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