Winners and Losers of Early Elections: On the Welfare Implications of Political Blockades and Early Elections

45 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008

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Felix J. Bierbrauer

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Lydia Mechtenberg

Technical University of Berlin

Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

We develop a dynamic model of political competition. Each party has a policymotivated ideological wing and an office-motivated opportunistic wing. A blockade arises if inner-party conflict stops policy implementation. We use this model to study whether early elections should be used to overcome a blockade. They have the advantage that urgent decisions are no longer delayed, and the disadvantage that unsuccessful governments gain additional time in office. This may give rise to a time inconsistency. Voters are in favour of a constitution without early elections. However, in the middle of a political crisis, they are willing to abandon it.

Keywords: early elections, political blockades, ideological rigidities

Suggested Citation

Bierbrauer, Felix J. and Mechtenberg, Lydia, Winners and Losers of Early Elections: On the Welfare Implications of Political Blockades and Early Elections (December 2008). MPI Collective Goods Preprint, No. 2008/50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1317743 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1317743

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Lydia Mechtenberg

Technical University of Berlin ( email )

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