EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Tactical Extremism

Jon Eguia () and Francesco Giovannoni

Bristol Economics Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK

Abstract: We provide an instrumental theory of extreme campaign platforms. By adopting an extreme platform, a previously mainstream party with a relatively small probability of winning further reduces its chances. On the other hand, the party builds credibility as the one most capable of delivering an alternative to mainstream policies. The party gambles that if down the road voters become dissatisfied with the status quo and seek something different, the party will be there ready with a credible alternative. In essence, the party sacrifices the most immediate election to invest in greater future success. We call this phenomenon tactical extremism. We show under which conditions we expect tactical extremism to arise and we discuss its welfare implications.

New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-knm and nep-mic
Date: 2018-06-28
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/efm/media/workingpapers/w ... pdffiles/dp18701.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Tactical Extremism (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bri:uobdis:18/701

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Bristol Economics Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Ben Auld ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-30
Handle: RePEc:bri:uobdis:18/701