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Help and Factionalism in Politics and Organizations
Southern Economic Journal (2012)
  • William Chan, University of Hong Kong
  • Priscilla Man, University of Queensland

Whether in electoral politics or promotions within organizations, players often face the dilemma of whether to enter the contest or to assist other candidates. This article analyzes incentives in a rank-order tournament when the winner has control over resources that he can distribute to his supporters. Some players may then be encouraged to help others in exchange for paybacks, resulting in factionalism, with leaders and supporters sorted by ability. The number and the size of factions depend on the reward structure of the contest and the distribution of abilities. These implications are corroborated by data on U.S. gubernatorial primary elections.

Publication Date
July, 2012
Citation Information
William Chan and Priscilla Man. "Help and Factionalism in Politics and Organizations" Southern Economic Journal Vol. 79 Iss. 1 (2012)
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