Sophisticated and myopic? Citizen preferences for Electoral College reform

  title={Sophisticated and myopic? Citizen preferences for Electoral College reform},
  author={John H. Aldrich and Jason Reifler and Michael C. Munger},
  journal={Public Choice},
Different institutions can produce more (or less) preferred outcomes, in terms of citizens’ preferences. Consequently, citizen preferences over institutions may “inherit”—to use William Riker’s term—the features of preferences over outcomes. But the level of information and understanding required for this effect to be observable seems quite high. In this paper, we investigate whether Riker’s intuition about citizens acting on institutional preferences is borne out by an original empirical… CONTINUE READING
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