A model of cultural transmission, voting and political ideology

Verdier, T. and Bisin, A. (2000) A model of cultural transmission, voting and political ideology. European Journal of Political Economy, 16, (1), 5-29. (doi:10.1016/S0176-2680(99)00045-2).


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In this paper, we present a model of cultural transmission of preferences on goods, some of which are provided publicly through simple majority voting. We emphasize the existence of a two-way causality between socialization decisions and political outcomes. This generates the possibility of indeterminacies and multiple self-fulfilling equilibrium paths in cultural change and politics. We provide then a rationale for ideologies and collective socialization institutions as coordination mechanisms allowing cultural groups to preserve or shift political power in favor of their preference profile in the long run.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0176-2680(99)00045-2
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Keywords: cultural change, preferences, voting, public goods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33455
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33455

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