Median Voter

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Median Voter

The theoretical person who is precisely in the middle of the political spectrum of his/her community. That is, the median voter's political views are equidistant from both the most right-wing and the most left-wing person in his community. In electoral politics, it is thought that the median voter (or group of median voters) tips the election to one candidate or the other. As a result, many politicians seek to appear to be moderate prior to an election.
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Public choice theory indicates that successful politicians in such a system will reflect the ideas and values of the median voters within each of their constituencies.
Politicians' views of society are often more narrowly defined than are economists, or philosophers, whose livelihood is not as directly constrained by the will of the median voter.
We need to rely on median voters on matters of collective deliberation, but we need to restrain the median voter on questions of individual rights.
In this regard, the judicial protection of individual rights of "the people" is a concerted effort to slow down the overall pace of government, by ensuring that the median voter cannot impose his will, through referenda and initiatives, on those dissidents inside this society who have different views about how to run their own lives.
ideological position of district median voters causes the two major
Turning millennials into a generation of libertarian median voters means winning the battle of ideas.
Median voters or budget maximizers: Evidence from school expenditure referenda.
Social norms in this example are enforced by a sequence of trigger strategies that connect the decisions of median voters with the behavior of their predecessors.
The median voters in all states preferred allowing smoking in some areas for bars, and they all preferred no smoking at all for hospitals, indoor sporting events, and malls.
4) Kessler and Krehbiel (1996) argue that legislators use bill cosponsorship in a signaling game between themselves and median voters in the legislature (as opposed to signaling between themselves and their electoral constituents).
The only supporters of the monopoly proposal are those consumers [Mathematical Expression Omitted] who would prefer to buy zero from the monopolist than to oversubscribe to the public good under median voter rule.
The results demonstrate that although the estimates of key parameters are sensitive to the median definition in one class of models, the entire class of models can be rejected in favor of the more restrictive median voter model with symmetric income-grant effects imposed.