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Preferences and Democracy : Villa Colombella Papers - Albert Breton

Preferences and Democracy

Villa Colombella Papers

By: Albert Breton (Editor), P. Galeotti (Editor), Pierre Salmon (Editor), Ronald Wintrobe (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1993
ISBN: 9780792393214
Number Of Pages: 388

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I. Until about a dozen years ago, the economic analysis of the relationship between political preferences and political demands was a rather straightforward, if dull, subject. The most common assumption was that the only political instrument available to citizens was the vote. Given this assumption, the analyst could express the outcome of the voting process in one of two ways. One possibility was to make the heroic assumptions necessary to obtain the median voter theorem, in which case, the political demands of the citizenry are simply the preferences of the median voter. The alternative was to make Arrow's Impossibility Theorem in which case even though individual preferences are well ordered, no collective preference function exists. On either of these approaches, institutions such as interest groups, political parties, or the structures ofpolitical representation played no role in the analysis. The work of "Chicago" scholars especially George Stigler, Gary Becker and Sam Peltzman took a different approach and emphasized the importanceoforganizationinmakingpoliticaldemandseffective, shifting thefocus from voting topolitical "pressure" byinterestgroups. However, in these models, voting as an instrument of political action simply disappears and the relationship between interest group pressures and electoral processes has never been clarified.

List of Contributors
Introductionp. 1
Unsatisfied Political Demands
Unpopular Policies and The Theory of Representative Democracyp. 13
Equilibrium Political Inaction in a Democracyp. 41
Bridges Between Demand and Supply
A Theory of Demand for Governmentally Supplied Goods and Servicesp. 67
Organized Groups and the (Mis?) transmission of Public Preferencesp. 101
Public Goods Provision Institutionsp. 135
Equilibrium Political Platforms: Convergence and Divergence
The Silent Revolution of Probabilistic Votingp. 159
Pivotal Voters and Political Equilibria of Party Equilibriump. 193
Political Exchange and the Allocation of Surplus: A Model of Two-Party Competitionp. 215
The Behaviour of Political Parties
Fourteen Ways to Credibly Escape a Credible Commitment (and Still Get Re-Elected)p. 247
Issues and Party Alignments: A Review with Canadian Examplesp. 265
The Demand for the Public Sector In the Rich Welfare State of Denmark: Two Polls from 1990p. 289
Voting Rights and the Demand for Public Expenditure: An Analysis of the Redistributive Impact of Universal Suffragep. 329
Coercive Redistribution and the Franchise: A Preliminary Investigation Using Computable General Equilibrium Modellingp. 351
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780792393214
ISBN-10: 079239321X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 31st March 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82

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