Term Limits as a Response to Incumbency Advantage

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Kong-Pin Chen

Academia Sinica - Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences; National Taiwan University - Department of Economics

Emerson Niou

Duke University - Department of Political Science

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Date Written: September 18, 2003

Abstract

In the paper we construct a spatial model that specifies voter utility in terms of responsiveness to public policy and provide an explanation of the seeming paradox that voters who vote for the incumbent also unilaterally self-impose term limits. Our model shows that when the position of the incumbent is closer to the median voter position, it is less likely that voters will support term limits. But if the incumbent's party is more moderate, it is more likely that voters will support term limits. In addition, we argue that term limits or the threat of it will increase the responsiveness of the politicians' policy platforms.

Keywords: term limits, incumbency advantage, spatial model of voting, risk aversion

JEL Classification: D72, D78, D82

Suggested Citation

Chen, Kong-Pin and Niou, Emerson, Term Limits as a Response to Incumbency Advantage (September 18, 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=508323 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.508323

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