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Game theory, information, and deliberative democracy
We contend that, with a suitably broad notion of rationality and a diverse set of motivations, the game-theoretic tradition is particularly well suited for generating insights about effects ofExpand
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Public Goods in Federal Systems
We study a political-economic model of federations with both federal and supplemental regional provision of a local (impure) public good with spillover effects. Regional differences in average incomeExpand
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Do the Advantages of Incumbency Advantage Incumbents?
We develop a model that calls into question some longstanding presumptions about incumbency advantage. Our results show that increases in some of the ostensible benefits of incumbency frequentlyExpand
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Challenger Entry and Voter Learning
We develop a model of strategic interaction between voters and potential electoral challengers to sitting incumbents, in which the very fact of a costly challenge conveys relevant information toExpand
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Consumption or Investment? On Motivations for Political Giving
We propose a strategy to distinguish investment and consumption motives for political contributions by examining the behavior of individual corporate executives. If executives expect contributions toExpand
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Cognition and Strategy: A Deliberation Experiment
A theory of deliberation must provide a plausible account both of individuals’ choices to speak or to listen and of how they reinterpret their own views in the aftermath of deliberation. We describeExpand
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Rational Choices as Social Norms
This article develops an account of a theory of rational choice based on the conception of rationality as a normatively justified correspondence between interests and choices. In this conception,Expand
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Learning from Debate: Institutions and Information
We present a model and a laboratory experiment on the informativeness of debate, varying both informational and institutional variables. The informational variable we focus on is a novel factorExpand
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Social Identity and Electoral Accountability
In a laboratory experiment, we explore the effects of group identities on the principal-agent relationship between voters and representatives. In an adverse selection framework with observableExpand
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Deliberation as Self-Discovery and Institutions for Political Speech
We present a game-theoretic model of the social dynamics of belief change in which the (relevant) logically non-omniscient audience becomes convinced that the speakers' messages are `true' becauseExpand
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