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On the Nature of Competition in Alternative Electoral Systems

Author(s): Iaryczower, Matias; Mattozzi, Andrea

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Abstract: We link the intensity of campaign competition in different electoral systems with the number of candidates running for public office and their ideological differentiation. We show that proportional elections have more candidates, competing less aggressively in campaign spending, than those in majoritarian elections. Candidates' ideological positions, however, can in general be more differentiated in majoritarian or proportional elections. We also study the equilibrium effects of plurality premiums and the consequences of heterogeneity among candidates in nonideological characteristics. © 2013 Southern Political Science Association.
Publication Date: Jul-2013
Citation: Iaryczower, M, Mattozzi, A. (2013). On the Nature of Competition in Alternative Electoral Systems. Journal of Politics, 75 (3), 743 - 756. doi:10.1017/S0022381613000583
DOI: doi:10.1017/S0022381613000583
ISSN: 0022-3816
EISSN: 1468-2508
Pages: 743 - 756
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Politics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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