Journal Article

Voting as Communicating

Thomas Piketty

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 67, issue 1, pages 169-191
Published in print January 2000 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online January 2000 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI:
Voting as Communicating

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This paper develops a model where voters trade-off two different motives when deciding how to vote: they care about current decision-making (they are “strategic”), but they also care about communicating their views about their most-preferred candidate so as to influence future elections, by influencing other voters' opinion and/or party positioning. In effect, voters in this model are intermediate between “strategic” and “sincere” voters of conventional models in elections with more than 2 candidates. This allows us to better investigate the relative efficiency of various electoral systems: our main conclusion is that since voting is used as a communication device electoral systems should be designed to facilitate efficient communication, e.g. by opting for 2-round systems rather than 1-round systems.

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Subjects: Economics

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