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Mandates, Parties, And Voters: How Elections Shape The Future

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Overview

Most research on two-party elections has considered the outcome as a single, dichotomous event: either one or the other party wins. In this groundbreaking book, James Fowler and Oleg Smirnov investigate not just who wins, but by how much, and they marshal compelling evidence that mandates-in the form of margin of victory-matter. Using theoretical models, computer simulation, carefully designed experiments, and empirical data, the authors show that after an election the policy positions of both parties move in the direction preferred by the winning party-and they move even more if the victory is large. In addition, Fowler and Smirnov not only show that the divergence between the policy positions of the parties is greatest when the previous election was close, but also that policy positions are further influenced by electoral volatility and ideological polarization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592135943
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: The Social Logic of Politics Ser.
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. Fowler is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, San Diego. Oleg Smirnov is Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Miami.
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