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Flip-Flopping: Ideological Adjustment Costs in the United States Senate

Jason DeBacker ()

No 201403, Working Papers from Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract: Using a long panel of roll call voting data, I find that “flip-flopping" senators face significant electoral costs when changing positions. In models of electoral competition, as the costs to candidates changing position approach zero, the equilibrium prediction is the convergence of platforms. Such convergence is at odds with empirical observation. Using a dynamic, structural model of candidate positioning, I identify the nature of the costs associated with changing position that may result in such non-convergence.

Keywords: Ideology; Voting; Politics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 C61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-01
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Journal Article: FLIP‐FLOPPING: IDEOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT COSTS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE (2015) Downloads
Working Paper: Flip-Flopping: Ideological Adjustment Costs in the United States Senate (2008) Downloads
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