Econometrica: Jul 2001, Volume 69, Issue 4

Strategic Candidacy and Voting Procedures
p. 1013-1037

Bhaskar Dutta, Matthew O. Jackson, Michel Le Breton

We study the incentives of candidates to strategically affect the outcome of a voting procedure. We show that the outcomes of nondictatorial voting procedure that satisfies unanimity will be affected by the incentives of noncontending candidates (i.e., who cannot win the election) to influence the outcome by entering or exiting the election.

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