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Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence

Besley, T.; Preston, I.; (2006) Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence. (IFS Working Papers W06/03). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper develops a new approach to studying how electoral bias in favor of one party due to the pattern of districting affects policy choice. We tie a commonly used measure of bias to the theory of party competition and show how this affects policy choice. 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/wps/wp0603.pdf
Language: English
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/2696
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