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Higher campaign costs are not necessarily bad for voters

Prato, Carlo and Wolton, Stephane (2016) Higher campaign costs are not necessarily bad for voters. Democratic Audit UK (15 Apr 2016). Website.

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Abstract

The increasing cost of political campaigns and its impact on the electoral process are issues of paramount importance in modern democracies but higher campaign spending does not always hamper accountability, write Carlo Prato and Stephane Wolton. Drawing on recent research, they argue that when constituencies are biased towards a party, a higher campaign cost intensifies electoral competition, and is associated with a higher level of constituency service. Costly campaigns can thus have a rebalancing effect that improves electoral accountability.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 12:10
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 23:23
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80735

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