Coordinated voting in sequential and simultaneous elections: some experimental evidence
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This paper studies a situation wherein a set of voters choose between two alternatives in the presence of a payoff externality. Specifically, regardless of her intrinsic preference, a voter’s payoff is maximized should she vote for the alternative that garners a majority of the votes cast. Are votes coordinated on a single alternative? Using laboratory experiments, we examine voting patterns in sequential voting and simultaneous voting elections. Across both election types, we also vary the amount of information that an individual voter has regarding the intrinsic preferences of the other voters. Our main findings are as follows. In the “low” information treatment, sequential voting elections facilitate coordinated voting. However, in the “high” information treatment, voting patterns are not dependent on how the election is structured.
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- Coordinated voting in sequential and simultaneous elections: some experimental evidence
Volume 11, Issue 4 , pp 315-335
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- Payoff externality
- Coordinated votes
- Sequential election
- Simultaneous election
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- 1. Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
- 2. Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA
- 3. Department of Political Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA