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Do Politicians’ Preferences Matter for Voters’ Voting Decisions?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Universitat de Barcelona and Institut d’Economia de Barcelona.
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Abstract [en]

Using unique survey data that allows us to observe both voters’ and politicians’ preferences for local public spending as well as voting decisions, this paper tests if voters typically support parties in which the politicians’ preferences are closest to their own. Doing so would be rational for the voters to do if politicians’ preferences matter for policy outcomes, as is the case in e.g. the citizen-candidate model. It is found that this is indeed the case. This finding is in line with theoretical models such as the citizen-candidate model arguing that politicians cannot credibly commit to election platforms that differ from their true policy preferences.

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Uppsala, 2011. , 28 p.
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Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2011:10
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Economics
Research subject
Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154645DiVA: diva2:421356
Available from: 2011-06-09 Created: 2011-06-08 Last updated: 2013-06-26Bibliographically approved

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