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dc.contributor.authorKrasa, Stefanen_US
dc.contributor.authorPolborn, Mattiasen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-05en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-13T16:25:21Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-13T16:25:21Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/55874-
dc.description.abstractOne of the most widely discussed phenomena in American politics today is the perceived increasing partisan divide that splits the U.S. electorate. A central contested question is whether this diagnosis is actually true, and if so, what is the underlying cause. We develop a model that relates the parties' positions on economic and cultural issues, the voters' ideal positions and the electorate's voting behavior, and apply the model to U.S. presidential elections between 1972 and 2008. The model allows us to recover candidates' positions from voter behavior; to decompose changes in the overall political polarization of the electorate into changes in the distribution of voter ideal positions and consequences of elite polarization; and to determine the characteristics of voters who changed their party allegiance.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCESifo Münchenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working paper: Public Choice 3752en_US
dc.subject.jelD72en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordpolarizationen_US
dc.subject.keyworddifferentiated candidatesen_US
dc.subject.keywordpolicy divergenceen_US
dc.subject.keywordideologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordvoter migrationen_US
dc.subject.stwParteipolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwIdeologieen_US
dc.subject.stwEliteen_US
dc.subject.stwWahlverhaltenen_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleElites or masses? A structural model of policy divergence, voter sorting and apparent polarization in U.S. presidential elections, 1972-2008en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn687927927en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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