Political Economy: Downsian Perspectives

Bernard Grofman

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 Political Economy: Downsian Perspectives

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Defends Down's three main arguments in An Economic Theory of Democracy. These three arguments relate to the costs associated with voting and rational non‐voting, party competition costs of attempting to attract votes away from the median voter, and the costs associated with obtaining political knowledge. These arguments can be maintained if we do not overestimate what we can expect from a theory, and consequently the contribution of rational choice and of Downs should not be minimized.

Keywords: Anthony Downs; median voter; party competition; political knowledge; rational choice; turnout; voting

Chapter.  4849 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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