Accession Number : ADA111672

Title :   Equilibrium Policy Proposals with Abstentions.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA INST FOR MATHEMATICAL STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Coughlin,Peter

PDF Url : ADA111672

Report Date : May 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : This paper analyzes spatial models of electoral competitions with abstentions in which candidates have directional or local strategy sets. It includes, as a special case, situations in which incumbents must defend the status quo. The results derived here provide necessary and sufficient conditions for directional, convergent stationary and convergent local electoral equilibria for these spatial models. These conditions provide a method for finding such equilibria. They also provide existence results for directional, stationary and local electoral equilibria for societies with abstentions. The results on stationary and local electoral equilibria are obtained by analyzing cumulative plurality (or plurality potential) functions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Mathematical models, *Equilibrium(General), *Elections, *Policies, Municipalities, Spatial distribution, Functions, Stationary, Political science, Strategy, Forecasting

Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE