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Polarization or Moderation? Intra-group heterogeneity in endogenous-policy contest

Daniel Cardona (), Jenny De Freitas () and Antoni Rubí-Barceló ()

No 87, DEA Working Papers from Universitat de les Illes Balears, Departament d'Economía Aplicada

Abstract: We analyze the selection of a policy platform by a group of heterogeneous agents to confront the status quo policy defended by another group in a subsequent contest. This policy choice results from the interaction between the inter-group effects that lead to strategic restraint and the intra-group effects due to the heterogeneity among challengers. We detail the conditions that give rise to polarization or moderation of the selected challenging policy with respect to what would be selected by this group in the absence of any struggle.

Keywords: political processes; conflict; group contests; endogenous claims; intra-group heterogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D74 C72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-gth and nep-pol
Date: 2018
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