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Still Converging?: A Downsian party system without polls

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily Clough


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This article compares convergence of political parties when voters are voting strategically and when they are voting sincerely under low-information conditions. In order to examine this problem, I create a computational model of a party system, where parties are uncertain about the distribution of the electorate. In one condition of the model, voters vote sincerely; in another, voters vote strategically. It is found that when voters vote strategically parties are less likely to converge than when voters vote sincerely.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Clough E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Theoretical Politics

Year: 2008

Volume: 20

Issue: 4

Pages: 461-476

ISSN (print): 0951-6298

ISSN (electronic): 1460-3667

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0951629808093776


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