Political competition in legislative electionsWorking Paper (2015)
We develop a theory of political competition in legislative elections based upon the notion that majority party legislators collaboratively influence policy.
Because of this team aspect, a candidate's party label matters for voters, in addition to his own policy positions. In equilibrium, candidates may be unable to escape the burden of their party association, and primary voters in both parties can often nominate extremist candidates and still win.
We also show that gerrymandering affects the equilibrium platforms not only in those districts that become more extreme, but also in those that ideologically do not change.
- Differentiated candidates,
Publication DateDecember, 2015
Citation InformationStefan Krasa and Mattias K. Polborn, "Political Competition in Legislative Elections"