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A Behavioral Theory of Elections$
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Jonathan Bendor, Daniel Diermeier, David A. Siegel, and Michael M. Ting

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691135076

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691135076.001.0001

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An Integrated Model of Two-Party Elections

An Integrated Model of Two-Party Elections

(p.132) Chapter Six An Integrated Model of Two-Party Elections
A Behavioral Theory of Elections

Jonathan Bendor

Daniel Diermeier

David A. Siegel

Michael M. Ting

Princeton University Press

This chapter introduces a model of two-party elections that integrates the focused models of party competition, turnout, and voter choice. To address the complexity of this synthetic model, computation is used as the main way to generate results (predictions). The model yields a “general equilibrium” of the election game. It also allows for greater heterogeneity within each coalition while taking into account the link between payoffs and aspirations. The chapter first describes the proposed computational model for two parties before discussing some results of the basic integrated model. It also considers several new questions that the model can address, such as: who votes and who votes correctly. Finally, it examines the dynamics that lead to equilibrium behavior.

Keywords:   two-party elections, party competition, turnout, voter choice, payoffs, aspirations, computational model, political parties, equilibrium behavior

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