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The 2016 US Elections: The Game of Ideologies

The 2016 US Elections: The game of ideologies

The rancorous 2016 US presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was remarkable for the markedly different ideological positions taken by the two candidates. Their choice of ideological positions is explored using the ‘ideology selection game’, described in this chapter. The basic version of this game yields the median voter theorem which predicts that the two presidential candidates should converge to similar ideological positions. A two-stage variation of this game in which candidates first choose ideologies and then spend money to attract voters yields an equilibrium with maximal differentiation in which candidates situate themselves at opposite extremes of the ideological spectrum. How do we explain the observed reality ...

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