A Unified Theory of Party Competition: A Cross-National by James F. Adams, Samuel Merrill III, Bernard Grofman

By James F. Adams, Samuel Merrill III, Bernard Grofman

The authors clarify how events and applicants place themselves at the Left-Right ideological size and different factor dimensions. Their unified theoretical method of voter habit and social gathering ideas takes under consideration voter personal tastes, voter's partisan attachments, anticipated turnout, and the site of the political establishment. The process, demonstrated via broad cross-national research, contains experiences of the plurality-based two-party contests within the U.S. and multiple-party pageant in France, Britain, and Norway.

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Distinguishing between the effects of policies and measured nonpolicy factors is by no means easy, and there are ongoing scholarly controversies about the relative influence of policy-related and nonpolicy factors on the vote. 2 for a summary of this issue). For our purposes, however, it is important only that both policy and nonpolicy factors do influence voter choice. We are concerned in this book with the joint effects of both types of factors and less concerned with their relative degree of contribution.

Not only is voter choice more realistic under a probabilistic model, but also – unlike the results of a deterministic approach, in which there are dramatic differences in the one-dimensional and multidimensional cases – the results under a probabilistic model are similar for one and more than one dimension. Next, the concept of Nash equilibrium is introduced – a set of stable strategies toward which the parties may gravitate over a period of time and from which vote-maximizing parties would have no incentive to deviate.

Given the voter and candidate positions, the voter’s utility (evaluation) of the candidate may employ this information in various ways. Spatial modelers typically posit that voters evaluate candidates according to their proximity along the policy interval, so that left-wing voters prefer left-wing candidates, centrist voters prefer centrist candidates, and so on. 1 The negative sign is used so that utility declines with distance. This proximity model has been the cornerstone of most empirical analyses of voting behavior (see Markus and Converse 1979; Page and Jones 1979; Alvarez 1997; Dow 2001).

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