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Does polarisation of opinions lead to polarisation of platforms?: the case of correlation neglect

Levy, Gilat and Razin, Ronny (2015) Does polarisation of opinions lead to polarisation of platforms?: the case of correlation neglect. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 10 (3). pp. 321-355. ISSN 1554-0626

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Identification Number: 10.1561/100.00015010

Abstract

In this paper we question the common wisdom that more polarised voters' opinions imply larger policy polarisation. We analyse a voting model in which the source of the polarisation in voters' opinions is correlation neglect, that is, voters neglect the correlation in their information sources. Our main result shows that such polarisation in opinions does not necessarily translate to policy polarisation; when the electoral system is not too competitive (that is, when there is some aggregate noise in the elections outcome), then voters with correlation neglect may induce lower levels of policy polarisation compared with rational electorates.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.nowpublishers.com/QJPS
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
STICERD
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62218

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