Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Series: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers Creation-Date: 2004-06-09 Revision-Date: 2005-08-16 Number: 04-065/1 Author-Name: Klaas J. Beniers Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: Faculty of Economics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Author-Name: Robert Dur Author-Email: email@example.com Author-Workplace-Name: Faculty of Economics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Title: Politicians' Motivation, Political Culture, and Electoral Competition Abstract: We study electoral competition among politicians who are heterogeneous both in competence and in how much they care about (what they perceive as) the public interest relative to the private rents from being in office. We show that politicians may have stronger incentives to behave opportunistically if other politicians are more likely to behave opportunistically. A political culture may therefore be self-reinforcing and multiple equilibria may arise. We also show that politicians’ incentives to behave opportunistically increase with politicians’ pay and with polarization of policy preferences.
This discussion paper has resulted in a publication in International Tax and Public Finance. Classification-JEL: D72; D78 Keywords: politicians' motivation; politicians' pay; political culture; electoral competition; coalition governments; reputation bashing File-Url: http://papers.tinbergen.nl/04065.pdf File-Format: application/pdf File-Size: 424211 bytes Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20040065