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A Behavioral Theory of Elections
Jonathan Bendor, Daniel Diermeier, David A. Siegel & Michael M. Ting

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Acknowledgments xi

Chapter One: Bounded Rationality and Elections 1
1.1 Framing and Representations 5
1.2 Heuristics 8
1.3 Aspiration-based Adaptation and Bounded Rationality 12
1.4 Plan of This Book 21

Chapter Two: Aspiration-based Adaptive Rules 23
2.1 ABARs Defined 23
2.2 Some Important Properties of ABARs 33
2.3 The Evidential Status of Aspiration-based Adaptation 46

Chapter Three: Party Competition 52
3.1 Related Work 54
3.2 The Model and Its Implications 56
3.3 Informed and/or Sophisticated Challengers 68
3.4 Robustness Issues 74
3.5 Conclusions 78

Chapter Four: Turnout 80
4.1 The Model 82
4.2 Main Results 85
4.3 Variations in Participation 96
4.4 Conclusions 107

Chapter Five: Voter Choice 109
5.1 The Model 112
5.2 The Endogenous Emergence of Party Affiliation 116
5.3 Misperceptions 121
5.4 Retrospection and Prospection Combined 122
5.5 Voter Sophistication and Electoral Outcomes 124
5.6 Institutions and Unsophisticated Retrospective Voters 128
5.7 Conclusions 130

Chapter Six: An Integrated Model of Two-Party Elections 132
6.1 Full Computational Model for Two Parties 134
6.2 Some Results of the Basic Integrated Model 138
6.3 The Choices of Voters 141
6.4 Party Location 145
6.5 Turnout 148
6.6 New Questions 152
6.7 Conclusion 159

Chapter Seven: Elections with Multiple Parties 161
7.1 Extending Our Results to Multiple Parties 161
7.2 Multicandidate Competition and Duverger's Law 166
7.3 The Model and Simulation Results 173
7.4 An Intuition 180
7.5 ABARs and Dynamic Stability 183
7.6 Model Meets Data 184

Chapter Eight: Conclusions: Bounded Rationality and Elections 191
8.1 Testing the Theory 194
8.2 Normative Considerations: Voter Error and Systemic Performance 196
8.3 Extensions 198

Appendix A: Proofs 205
Appendix B: The Computational Model 215
B.1 Overview 215
B.2 Graphical Model 216
B.3 Batch Model 229
Bibliography 233
Index 249

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