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Voters elect politicians who closely matched their preferences

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Stadelmann, David ; Portmann, Marco ; Eichenberger, Reiner:
Voters elect politicians who closely matched their preferences.
In: Economics Bulletin. Vol. 33 (2013) Issue 2 . - pp. 1001-1009.
ISSN 1545-2921

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What determines political candidates' election prospects? We match roll call votes of candidates for the majority elected upper house of parliament who were previously in the lower house with the preferences of their constituency as revealed in referenda. Thereby, we obtain a unique and direct measure of past congruence. Politicians who better represented the preferences of their constituency in the past exhibit a significantly and considerably higher probability of election. This provides first evidence for the direct retrospective voting rule, i.e. that voters elect politicians who represented their preferences well.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Retrospective Voting; Voting Behavior; Representation; Constituents' Preferences
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics > Professorship Development Economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Innovation and Consumer Protection
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 10:06
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 12:06
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/3311