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Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence

Besley, Timothy and Preston, Ian (2006) Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence. PEPP/17. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper develops a new approach to studying how electoral bias in favor of one party due to the pattern of districting affects policy choice. We tie a commonly used measure of bias to the theory of party competition and show how this affects policy choice. The usefulness of the approach is illustrated using data on local government in England. The results suggest that reducing electoral bias leads parties to moderate their policies.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2006 the authors
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2008 11:33
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 08:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3765

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