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Follow the majority? How voters coordinate electoral support to secure club goods

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 December 2020

Dominik Duell*
Affiliation:
University of Essex, Colchester, UK
*
Corresponding author. Email: dominik.duell@essex.ac.uk

Abstract

Voters often favor candidates who benefit them individually but may coordinate their support with their social group on other candidates in exchange for policies targeting their group. In a laboratory experiment, I induce group identities to investigate the behavior of voters facing such trade-offs. I find that groups with low within heterogeneity often secure the club good from a candidate who is also individually beneficial to a majority of the group. In more heterogeneous groups, coordination on that candidate often fails and while the group still receives club goods, it is from a candidate whose policies are otherwise individually costly to most of the group. The results highlight the role strategic considerations play in the formation of group-based electoral coalitions.

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the European Political Science Association

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