Electoral competition with uncertainty averse parties. / Bade, Sophie.

In: Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 72, No. 1, 05.2011, p. 12-29.

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The nonexistence of equilibria in models of electoral competition involving multiple issues is one of the more puzzling results in political economics. In this paper, we relax the standard assumption that parties act as expected utility maximizers. We show that equilibria often exist when parties with limited knowledge about the electorate are modeled as uncertainty-averse. What is more, these equilibria can be characterized as a straightforward generalization of the classical median voter result.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-29
Number of pages18
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
Issue number1
Early online date22 Sep 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
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