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Title:Non-partisan 'get-out-the-vote' efforts and policy outcomes PDF Logo
Authors:Kovenock, Dan
Roberson, Brian
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2815
Abstract:This paper utilizes a simple model of redistributive politics with voter abstention to analyze the impact of nonpartisan 'get-out-the-vote' efforts on policy outcomes. Although such efforts are often promoted on the grounds that they provide the social benefit of increasing participation in the electoral process, we find that they have a meaningful impact on policy outcomes and are an important political influence activity for nonprofit advocacy organizations. In equilibrium, nonpartisan gotv efforts are more likely to arise in those segments of the electorate that are sufficiently small and disenfranchised (as measured by the ex ante voter abstention rate). Among those segments in which such efforts arise, the resulting gains are increasing in the level of disenfranchisement of the voters in the segment and decreasing in the segment's size.
Subjects:get out the vote
redistributive politics
nonprofit advocacy organizations
Colonel Blotto Game
Tullock Game
JEL:D72
C72
L30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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