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Ideology signaling in electoral politics

Hisashi Sawaki

Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2017, vol. 29, issue 1, 48-68

Abstract: This paper considers an electoral model in which an incumbent and a challenger have ideological policy preferences that are private information. The incumbent may bias pre-electoral policies to signal preferences to the electorate with the aim of affecting the outcome of the election. When the two candidates are of completely different types, such a policy bias can occur only in a moderate direction. However, when their possible types overlap, a policy bias can be created in either a moderate or an extreme direction.

Keywords: Election; ideology; private information; signaling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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