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The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics

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A Spatial Election with Common Values

Carlos Maravall-Rodriguez
Published Online: 2006-08-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1534-5971.1269

This paper extends the Downsian-Hotelling model of electoral competition to allow for unobserved qualitative differences between candidates. I show that these underlying qualitative differences generate pure strategy Nash equilibria, even if policies are defined in a multidimensional space, and explain platform divergence from the median. Moreover, the extension gives content to a second (well-known) role elections play apart from bridging conflict: to reveal information about candidates.

Keywords: spatial election; imperfect information; common values; valence issues

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Published Online: 2006-08-23

Citation Information: Contributions in Theoretical Economics, ISSN (Online) 1534-5971, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1534-5971.1269.

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