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By Samuel Merrill III, Bernard Grofman

Professors Merrill and Grofman boost a unified version that comes with voter motivations and assesses its empirical predictions--for either voter selection and candidate strategy--in the us, Norway, and France. The analyses convey mixture of proximity, path, discounting, and social gathering identification fit with the mildly yet no longer tremendous divergent regulations which are attribute of many two-party and multiparty electorates. All of those motivations are essential to comprehend the linkage among candidate factor positions and voter personal tastes.

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This yields what we term the RM model with proximity constraint. The quadratic utility function permits the directional effects to dominate over short distances whereas the proximity effects dominate over greater distances where issue differences may be perceived as extreme. Iversen (1994) argues that the directional or scalar product component of utility (which is proportional to candidate intensity) reflects policy leadership, whereas the proximity term (which drops off with the candidate’s distance from the voter’s ideal point) reflects a candidate’s or party’s representational role.

Proximity] and directional theories may not be incompatible but instead may complement one another in explaining patterns of voting behavior. 1 Limitations of Pure Models In Chapter 2, we introduced two pure models of voting behavior: the Downsian proximity model and the Matthews directional model. We saw that the former could be modified by discounting (Grofman), the latter by taking overall voter or candidate intensity into account (Rabinowitz and Macdonald). Even with these emendations, each of these models singles out one (or in some cases two) aspects of voter decision making.

We agree that there may well be parties/candidates whose locations are treated as so extreme that distances calculated to them are not meaningful. , so extreme as to be unacceptable as possible coalition partners for the other parties. Nevertheless, the notion of a single circle of acceptability appears inadequate as it ignores the fact that assessment of extremeness depends heavily on the voter’s own position. Iversen (1994) argues that the constraint implicit in Rabinowitz and Macdonald’s idea of a circle of acceptability can better be modeled by a function idiosyncratic to each voter.

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