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Tactical Coordination in Plurality Electoral Systems.

Abstract:

Simple plurality election systems (commonly known as "first past the post") are often associated with the dominance of two political parties. Such systems tend to reward leading parties with a disproportionately large number of seats (the "mechanical" effect) and provoke tactical voting, where voters switch away from trailing parties (the "psychological" effect). We view tactical voting as a coordination problem. A group of voters wish to prevent a win by a disliked party (such as the Conserv...

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David P Myatt More by this author
Stephen D Fisher More by this author
Journal:
Oxford Review of Economic Policy
Volume:
18
Publication date:
2002
URN:
uuid:762bf96a-2875-4ab8-a906-8b503265b966
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:11322
Language:
English

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