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The Centre, Downs, and New Labour

Andrew Hindmoor

in New Labour at the Centre

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199273140
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273146.003.0002
 The Centre, Downs, and New Labour

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The median voter theorem states that political parties will move to the electoral centre to maximise their vote. This theorem has been routinely linked to Downs and An Economic Theory of Democracy. It is argued that Downs’ determination to develop a theory to predict party behaviour has led him to develop a spatial framework in a misleading way. It is further argued that the electoral centre can be on the political right, left, or centre.

Keywords: median voter theorem; political parties; electoral centre

Chapter.  11712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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