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Electoral bias and policy choice: theory and evidence

By Timothy Besley and Ian Preston

Abstract

This paper develops a new approach to studying how electoral bias in favor of one party due to the pattern of districting affects policy choice. We tie a commonly used measure of bias to the theory of party competition and show how this affects policy choice. 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: JC Political theory
Publisher: Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:3765
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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