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Influencing connected legislators

Author(s): Battaglini, Marco; Patacchini, E

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Abstract: © 2018 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. This paper studies how interest groups allocate campaign contributions when congressmen are connected by social ties. We establish conditions for the existence of a unique Nash equilibrium in pure strategies for the contribution game and characterize the associated allocation of the interest groups’ moneys. While the allocations are generally complex functions of the environment (the voting function, the legislators’ preferences, and the social network topology), they are simple, monotonically increasing functions of the respective legislators’ Katz-Bonacich centralities. Using data on the 109th–113th Congresses and on congressmen’s alumni connections, we estimate the model and find evidence supporting its predictions.
Publication Date: Dec-2018
Citation: Battaglini, M, Patacchini, E. (2018). Influencing connected legislators. Journal of Political Economy, 126 (6), 2277 - 2322. doi:10.1086/700074
DOI: doi:10.1086/700074
ISSN: 0022-3808
EISSN: 1537-534X
Pages: 2277 - 2322
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Political Economy
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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