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Bounded Rationality and Voting Decisions over 160 Years : Voter Behavior and Increasing Complexity in Decision-Making

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Stadelmann, David ; Torgler, Benno:
Bounded Rationality and Voting Decisions over 160 Years : Voter Behavior and Increasing Complexity in Decision-Making.
In: PLoS One. Vol. 8 (2013) Issue 12 . - Art.Nr. e84078.
ISSN 1932-6203
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084078

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Using a quasi-natural voting experiment encompassing a 160-year period in Switzerland, we investigate whether a higher level of complexity leads to increased reliance on trusted parliamentary representatives. We find that when more referenda are held on the same day, constituents are more likely to refer to parliamentary recommendations when making their decisions. This finding holds true even when we narrow our focus to referenda with a relatively lower voter turnout on days on which more than one referendum is held. We also demonstrate that when constituents face a higher level of complexity, they follow the parliamentary recommendations rather than those of interest groups.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bounded rationality; voting; referenda; attention; rules of thumb
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
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 > Governance and Responsibility
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professorship Development Economics
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Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology
100 Philosophy and psychology > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 07:20
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 12:26
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/3314