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Candidate Preference under Uncertainty: An Expanded View of Rational Voting

Weisberg, Herbert F. and Fiorina, Morris P. (1976) Candidate Preference under Uncertainty: An Expanded View of Rational Voting. Social Science Working Paper, 138. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper examines how rational voters might choose between candidates under conditions of uncertainty. We shall emphasize two rational voting approaches--"defensive voting" and "credulous voting "--which have previously escaped notice. Additionally, we shall map out some of the implications of electoral uncertainty for empirical tests of the rational model and for the development of spatial theory. We shall not attempt to prove how citizens decide to vote, but we shall expand considerably the conventional interpretation of rational voting.

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Additional Information:Published in The Electorate Reconsidered, edited by John Pierce and John Sullivan, pp. 237-256. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1980.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:138
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