Centrist's curse? An electoral competition model with credibility constraints

Ergun, Selim Jurgen
I analyze a model of electoral competition in which candidates' need of credibility restricts their policy choice to a subset of the policy space, their ideology set. I focus on three party competition where candidates care about winning and their share of votes. I show that centrist parties are highly disadvantaged compared to leftist and rightist ones losing the election under a wide range of parameters. I also show that centrist parties' winning opportunities increase under a run-off system.
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Citation Formats
S. J. Ergun, “Centrist’s curse? An electoral competition model with credibility constraints,” Singapore Economic Review, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/28635.