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Voter turnout and electoral competition in a multidimensional policy space

Hortala-Vallve, Rafael and Esteve-Volart, Berta (2011) Voter turnout and electoral competition in a multidimensional policy space. European Journal of Political Economy, 27 (2). 376 - 384. ISSN 0176-2680

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2010.11.003


We analyze the interaction between electoral competition and voters' decision to vote. We show that when voters consider both the benefits and the costs of voting, politicians offer differentiated policies to motivate citizens to vote. In particular, politicians adapt their policies to the most sensitive voters—thus less sensitive voters abstain on the grounds of perceiving politicians as being too similar. In a multidimensional policy space, this implies that citizens who only care about a few issues do not vote.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
P - Economic Systems > P1 - Capitalist Systems > P16 - Political Economy
Date Deposited: 16 May 2011 13:58
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:14

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