A Theory of Protest Voting

Myatt, D P (2017) A Theory of Protest Voting. Economic Journal, 127 (603). pp. 1527-1567. ISSN 0013-0133


The supporters of a mainstream candidate contemplate voting for a special-issue minority party (which risks opening the door to a disliked opponent) in order to influence mainstream policy. Protest voting reacts negatively to expectations about others' enthusiasm for the protest issue, more so if the candidate learns from the protest and responds endogenously. I find that electoral support for single-issue protest parties can be negatively related to the true underlying enthusiasm for their causes. The risk that the candidate loses office are maximised when the expected enthusiasm for the protest issue makes the candidate indifferent ex ante to accepting the protesters' demands.

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Subject Areas: Economics
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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons

Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 18:51
Subjects: Voting
Political science
Political parties
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2024 01:33
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/128

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