Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Series: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers Creation-Date: 2009-11-11 Number: 09-095/1 Author-Name: Vjollca Sadiraj Author-Workplace-Name: Georgia State University Author-Name: Jan Tuinstra Author-Workplace-Name: University of Amsterdam Author-Name: Frans van Winden Author-Workplace-Name: University of Amsterdam Title: Identification of Voters with Interest Groups improves the Electoral Chances of the Challenger Abstract: This discussion paper led to a publication in 'Mathematical Social Sciences' 60(3), 210-16.
Interest groups are introduced in a spatial model of electoral competition between two political parties. We show that, by coordinating voting behavior,these interest groups increase the winning set, which is defined as the set of policy platforms for the challenger that will defeat the incumbent. Therefore interest groups enhance the probability of the challenger winning the election. Classification-JEL: D71; D72 Keywords: Spatial voting models, electoral competition, winning set, interest groups File-Url: http://papers.tinbergen.nl/09095.pdf File-Format: application/pdf File-Size: 307244 bytes Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20090095