The Economics of Elections: A Survey of the Literature

Temple University IGMS Working Paper No. 007-00

44 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2001

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Ram Mudambi

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management

Pietro Navarra

University of Messina - Institute of Economics and Finance; London School of Economics & Political Science - CPNSS

Date Written: September 2000

Abstract

Elections are the main instrument through which a democratic polity expresses its choices. Decisions made in elections have political implications. However, the decisions themselves are the result of individual optimization by the voter and organizational optimization by political formations. Economics has developed sophisticated tools and methods for the analysis of optimization problems. Over the last few decades these tools have increasingly been applied to the study of elections and electoral behavior. In this survey, we attempt to integrate this body of literature.

Keywords: Elections, public choice, democracy, politics

JEL Classification: D72, D71, H11

Suggested Citation

Mudambi, Ram and Navarra, Pietro, The Economics of Elections: A Survey of the Literature (September 2000). Temple University IGMS Working Paper No. 007-00, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290899 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.290899

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