New Decision Rules, New Rule Features

Michael Laver and Ernest Sergenti

in Party Competition

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780691139036
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400840328
New Decision Rules, New Rule Features

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This chapter investigates the implications of having a very large and diverse set of decision rules that any party leader might use. It defines two completely new vote-seeking rule “species.” It also identifies a range of parameterized “features” of all decision rules, such as the “speed” at which party policy is changed, or the extent to which party leaders are “satisfied” with any given vote share. The chapter investigates “only” 111 different decision rules in order to focus on parsimonious models that generate easily interpretable results. These results also give good intuitions about dynamic multiparty competition when party leaders may choose from a large and diverse rule set.

Keywords: multiparty competition; decision rules; party leaders; political parties; party competition; vote-seeking rules

Chapter.  9595 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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