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Voting for Voters: A Model of Electoral Evolution

Salvador Barberà (), Michael Maschler and Jonathan Shalev ()
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Michael Maschler: Hebrew University

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Abstract: We model the decision problems faced by the members of societies whose new members are determined by vote. We adopt a number of simplifying assumptions: the founders and the candidates are fixed; the society operates for $k$ periods and holds elections at the beginning of each period; one vote is sufficient for admission, and voters can support as many candidates as they wish; voters assess the value of the streams of agents with whom they share the society, while they belong to it. In spite of these simplifications, we show that interesting strategic behavior is implied by the dynamic structure of the problem: the vote for friends may be postponed, and it may be advantageous to vote for enemies. We discuss the existence of different types of equilibria in pure strategies and point out interesting equilibria in mixed strategies.

Keywords: voting; elections; clubs; game theory; noncooperative games; pure-strategy equilibrium profiles; refinements (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C7 D7 D71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-gth, nep-mic, nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 1998-04-16
Note: Type of Document - AMSTeX; prepared on IBM PC; to print on PostScript; pages: 1+48 ; figures: included
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Journal Article: Voting for Voters: A Model of Electoral Evolution (2001) Downloads
Working Paper: Voting for voters: a model of electoral evolution (1998) Downloads
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