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A Decade of Experimental Research on Spatial Models of Elections and Committees

McKelvey, Richard D. and Ordeshook, Peter C. (1987) A Decade of Experimental Research on Spatial Models of Elections and Committees. Social Science Working Paper, 657. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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The Euclidean representation of political issues and alternative outcomes, and the associated representation of preferences as quasi-concave utility functions is by now a staple of formal models of committees and elections. This theoretical development, moreover, is accompanied by a considerable body of experimental research. We can view that research in two ways: as a test of the basic propositions about equilibria in specific institutional settings, and as an attempt to gain insights into those aspects of political processes that are poorly understood or imperfectly modeled, such as the robustness of theoretical results with respect to procedural details and bargaining environments. This essay reviews that research so that we can gain some sense of its overall import.

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Additional Information:Published as PETER, C. ORDESHOOK. "A decade of experimental research on spatial models of elections and committees." Advances in the spatial theory of voting (1990): 99.
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