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On the Ideology Motive in Political Economy Models

Volker Grossmann ()

International Journal of Business and Economics, 2006, vol. 5, issue 1, 75-82

Abstract: This note provides a simple political economy model which captures the trade-off of political parties between catering to their "core" constituency and appealing to middle-of-the-road voters, who are not intrinsically attached to a party. The analysis reconciles seemingly ideology-motivated behavior of political parties with vote-maximization.

Keywords: ideological polarization; partisan constituency; political parties (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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