Who Gets Bought? Vote Buying, Turnout Buying, and Other Strategies

Citation:

Gans-Morse, Jordan, Sebastián Mazzuca, and Simeon Nichter. 2008. “Who Gets Bought? Vote Buying, Turnout Buying, and Other Strategies”. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/mhgt26j

Date Published:

Apr 3, 2008

Abstract:

During elections in many countries, political parties distribute particularistic benefits to individuals. The existing literature reveals that parties choose from at least five distinct strategies when distributing benefits, but fails to explain how parties allocate resources across these strategies. Our formal model provides insight into this key question. Most studies focus exclusively on "vote buying," a strategy by which parties reward voters for switching their votes. Our model first shows how parties trade off between "vote buying" and "turnout buying," a strategy by which parties reward supporters for showing up at the polls (Nichter 2008). We then show how parties combine these and other commonly observed strategies.

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