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Candidate location and endogenous valence

By Zakharov Alexei

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effect that the ability of candidates to increase their valence has on candidate location in the Downsian model of elections. I show that if the candidates can increase valence at a cost after they have selected policy, then the candidates will select different policy platforms in order to avoid spending too much on valence. I then consider the factors that determine the degree of divergence, the amount spent on valence, and the location of the indifferent voter.Russia, valence, policy divergence, candidate equilibrium, median voter

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