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A Unified Theory of Voting : Directional and Proximity Spatial Models - Samuel Merrill, III

A Unified Theory of Voting

Directional and Proximity Spatial Models

Paperback Published: 13th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521665490
Number Of Pages: 229

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This book addresses the questions: how do voters use their own issue positions and those of candidates to decide how to vote? Does a voter tend to choose the candidate who most closely shares the views of the voter or rather a candidate who holds more extreme views due to the fact that the voters discount the candidates' abilities to implement policy. The authors develop a unified model that incorporates these and other voter motivations and assess its empirical predictions - for both voter choice and candidate strategy - in the US, Norway, and France. The analyses show that a combination of proximity, direction, discounting, and party ID are compatible with the mildly but not extremely divergent policies that are characteristic of many two-party and multiparty electorates. All of these motivations are necessary to understand the linkage between candidate issue positions and voter preferences.

'... the most significant contribution of this book is that it successfully derives explanations for macroscopic phenomenon, such as the nature of party system and government alternations, based on the proximity, directional and mixed models of micro-level voting behaviour.' Japanese Journal of Political Science

Introduction
Models of Voter Behavior
Alternative models of issue voting
A unified model of issue voting: proximity, direction, and intensity
Comparing the empirical fit of the directional and proximity models for voter utility functions
Empirical model fitting using the unified model: voter utility
Empirical fitting of probabilistic models of voter choice in two-party electorates
Empirical fitting of probabilistic models of voter choice in multiparty electorates
Models of Party or Candidate Behavior and Strategy
Equilibrium strategies for two-candidate directional spatial models
Long-term dynamics of voter choice and party strategy
Strategy and equilibrium in multicandidate elections
Strategy under alternative multicandidate voting procedures
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ISBN: 9780521665490
ISBN-10: 0521665493
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 229
Published: 13th September 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32

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