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Closeness counts only in horseshoes and dancing

Ferejohn, John A. and Fiorina, Morris P. (1975) Closeness counts only in horseshoes and dancing. American Political Science Review, 69 (3). pp. 920-925. ISSN 0003-0554.

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During the period in which our article (APSR vol. 68 [June 1974]) circulated in manuscript form it provoked an unusual amount of collegial reaction. Of course, we were quite prepared for a reaction from those who use decision-theoretic models in their research—they were our intended audience. More surprisingly, we also received comments from less directly involved bystanders—a medieval historian for example. All this correspondence indicates to us that nearly everyone has his own theory of how voters behave, and that most such theories do not agree with the one presented in our article. The comments of Professors Tullock, Beck, Mayer and Good, and Stephens further support this conclusion.

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Subject Keywords:Minimax, Regret, Expected utility, Voting, Utility models, Voting behavior, Mathematical models, Statistical models, Voter registration, Modeling
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