Social Identity, Electoral Institutions and the Number of Candidates

  title={Social Identity, Electoral Institutions and the Number of Candidates},
  author={Eric S. Dickson and Kenneth F. Scheve},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={349 - 375}
The empirical literature in comparative politics holds that social cleavages affect the number of candidates or parties when electoral institutions are ‘permissive’, but it lacks a theoretical account of the strategic candidate entry and exit decisions that ultimately determine electoral coalitions in plural societies. This article incorporates citizen-candidate social identities into game-theoretic models of electoral competition under plurality and majority-runoff electoral rules, indicating… Expand
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