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Proportional representation with citizen candidates

Hamlin, Alan and Hjortlund, Michael (2000) Proportional representation with citizen candidates Public Choice, 103, (3-4), pp. 205-230. (doi:10.1023/A:1005086519491).

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We construct a simple model incorporating both citizen-candidates and proportional representation and investigate its properties in a basic case with auniform distribution of citizen ideal points and pure policy motivations, and in further cases which allowof office rents and other distributions ofpreferences. The idea of citizen-candidates, developed by Osborne and Slivinski (1996), Besley and Coate(1997), endogenises the decision to stand as a candidate and allows explicit study of the number andt ype of candidates as an equilibrium phenomenon. The idea of proportional representation allows a more flexible relationship between the pattern of votes cast and the final policy outcome, and also provides a richer model of political representation. Our discussion points to the widespread possibility of equilibria involving non-median policy outcomes;provides insights into the relationship between proportional representation and the equilibrium number of candidates; and also provides an explicit account of the trade-off between candidate benefits distributed on a winner-take-all basis and those tha tare mediated through proportional representation

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Published date: June 2000


Local EPrints ID: 32944
ISSN: 0048-5829
PURE UUID: 3e204d4b-b7f1-4e8a-b582-389655f126fc

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Date deposited: 18 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:54

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Author: Alan Hamlin
Author: Michael Hjortlund

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