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A Model of Farsighted Voting
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2008
©2009, Midwest Political Science Association
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 36–54, January 2009
How to Cite
Penn, E. M. (2009), A Model of Farsighted Voting. American Journal of Political Science, 53: 36–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2008.00356.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2008
I present a new method of interpreting voter preferences in settings where policy remains in effect until replaced by new legislation. In such settings voters consider not only the utility they receive from a given policy today, but also the utility they will receive from policies likely to replace that policy in the future. The model can be used to characterize both long-term preferences and distributions over policy outcomes in situations where policy is ongoing and voters are farsighted.