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Wave Riding or Owning The Issue: How Do Candidates Determine Campaign Agendas?

Mariya Burdina

The American Economist, 2014, vol. 59, issue 2, 139-152

Abstract: This paper addresses the question of how the agendas for political campaigns are determined and whether or not candidates discuss similar issues. Two candidates compete by choosing how to allocate their time across two different issues. The amount of time spent discussing an issue affects the level of uncertainty regarding a candidate. Results suggest voter distribution determines which candidate has an advantage in the election, and issue importance determines the amount of time a candidate has to devote to issues. In most cases, I find that candidates will discuss the most important issue and that dialogue between candidates is possible. When issues are equally important each candidate discusses the issue upon which he agrees with the decisive group of voters.

Keywords: Public Choice; Collective Decision Making; Voting; Elections (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1177/056943451405900205

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