Vote buying: General elections

Eddie Dekel*, Matthew O. Jackson, Asher Wolinsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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We examine the consequences of vote buying, assuming this practice were allowed and free of stigma. Two parties compete in a binary election and may purchase votes in a sequential bidding game via upfront binding payments and/or campaign promises (platforms) that are contingent on the outcome of the election. We analyze the role of the parties' and voters' preferences in determining the winner and the payments to voters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-380
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


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