Coalition-directed Voting in Multiparty Democracies

Ideology is widely considered to be an important factor in shaping policy outcomes and in influencing election outcomes. We propose a theory of the coalition-directed vote. The argument suggests that voters anticipate the postelection bargains negotiated among potential members of the governing coalition and that these anticipated policy agreements

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Responsibility Attribution for Collective Decision Makers

We argue that individuals use responsibility attribution heuristics that apply to collective decisions made, for example, by families, teams within firms, boards in international organizations, or coalition governments. We conduct laboratory and online experiments to tease out the heuristics subjects use in their responsibility attribution for coll

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How to Get away with Murder?

Avoiding liability is profitable – potentially very profitable. The ability to escape blame offers decision makers opportunities to enact policies that are morally reprehensible or costly for others. Think about the executive committee of a firm (their actions affect shareholders and consumers), a governing coalition (voters are affected by their d

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Generosity among Friends: Population Homogeneity, Altruism and Insurance as Determinants of Redistribution?

Altruism is an important omitted variable in much of the Political Economy literature. While material self-interest is the base of most approaches to redistri- bution (first affecting preferences and then politics and policy), there is a paucity of research on inequality aversion. We propose (1) that other-regarding concerns influence redistributio

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Locating Economic Perceptions: the Geographical Distribution of Responses to Economic News

This essay reports the results of a project that has been, over the past year, accumulating a very large corpus of tweets related to the economy, very broadly defined, in the U.K. The research questions are when and where people tweets on economic issues, and how those are related to the economic conditions of surrounding area. A principal goal of

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