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Elections in a Multi-Party Political System

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In a multi-party political system, candidates’ policy points disperse in general even with two candidates when parties have different feasible policy sets. Also, it is shown that extremists can influence the political outcomes with a relatively small feasible policy set.

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Y. Sung, "Elections in a Multi-Party Political System," Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2011, pp. 18-20. doi: 10.4236/tel.2011.12005.


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