Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/116966
Authors: 
da Silva Costa, José
Silva, Ester Gomes
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
44th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Regions and Fiscal Federalism", 25th - 29th August 2004, Porto, Portugal
Abstract: 
The application of the rational choice postulate to a political context invariably leads to the conclusion that most voters are ill informed when making the decision for whom to vote. In this paper, the authors do an empirical evaluation of the rational ignorance theory, based on the results of the 1997 Portuguese Local Elections. The results only partially sustain the hypothesis of rational ignorance, although it is also possible to identify several limitations that prevent the establishment of definite conclusions in this specific field.JEL Classification: H7 Key words: Voter’s Behaviour; Local Elections; Local Governments; Portugal.
Subjects: 
Voter’s Behaviour
Local Elections
Local Governments
Portugal
JEL: 
H7
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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