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Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence

By Timothy Besley and Ian Preston

Abstract

This paper develops an approach to studying how bias in favor of one party due to the pattern of electoral districting affects policy choice. We tie a commonly used measure of electoral bias to the theory of party competition and show how this affects party strategy in theory. The usefulness of the approach is illustrated using data on local government in England. The results suggest that reducing electoral bias leads parties to moderate their policies

Topics: HB Economic Theory, JA Political science (General), JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1162/qjec.2007.122.4.1473
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33745
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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