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Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence

Besley, T.; Preston, I.; (2007) Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence. (IFS Working Papers W07/06). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper develops an approach to studying how bias in favor of one party due to the pattern of electoral districting affects policy choice. We tie a commonly used measure of electoral bias to the theory of party competition and show how this affects party strategy in theory. The usefulness of the approach is illustrated using data on local government in England. The results suggest that reducing electoral bias leads parties to moderate their policies.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/browse/type/wp
Language: English
Additional information: Forthcoming publication in Quarterly Journal of Economics.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2630
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