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A Theory of Rigid Estremist and Flexible Moderates with an Empirical Application to the U.S. Congress

Stephen Blomberg () and Joseph Harrington ()

Working Papers from Wellesley College - Department of Economics

Abstract: A theory is developed which predicts that people with relatively extreme opinions are relativly rigid in that they are less inclined to modify their opinions. That extremists tend to be rigid and moderates tend to be flexible is found to hold for members of Congress.

Keywords: ECONOMIC MODELS; UNITED STATES (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 1996
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