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Page, Scott E.
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Discussion Paper No. 997
THis paper studies the relationship between voters' preferences and teh composition of party platforms in teh two-party democractice elections with adaptive parties. In the model, preferences determine an electoral landscape on which parties locally adapt platforms. Varying the distribution of voter's preferences alters the landscape's ruggedness and may effect parties' responsiveness. We find that in atwo-party democratic elections, adaptive parties genearlly locate in regions of high social utiliyt but cannot always find winning platforms. We also show that parties' ability to locate winning plaforms as well as teh rate of convergence of party platforms depends upon the
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