In Downs's theory the median voter
is the one between the parties who likes to think himself "independent" and is in fact probably merely apathetic or ignorant or both.
Since political majorities (or the median voter
, the marginal member of the majority) can force political minorities to fund programs yielding benefits for the majority, government will tend to be larger than that observed under a rule of unanimity, and the expansion in the number of concentrated interest groups can result in the growth of government relative to the economy as a whole.
For presidents, the median voter
is the median of median voters
, almost by definition more moderate than median voters
in districts throughout the country.
In this paper we both replicate and update an important paper in the median voter
model literature in order to see how the empirical model holds up nearly thirty years later.
For instance, Roemer and Silvestre (2002) indicate the single-policy-dimension and median voter
framework in the previous studies.
In accordance with the median voter
model, we identified a number of demographic indicators to describe voter preferences in each district averaged from years 2009-2013, such as the population of children, median income, and foreign-born population.
The biggest political donors aren't just wealthier than the median voter
At the very most, it may have hinted that she was vacillating, or appeared to be so in an attempt perhaps to win over the median voter
The Median Voter
, Setters, and Non-repeated Construction Bond Issues.
A concept from economics called the median voter
theorem provides one explanation for this wobbliness.
By influencing elderly homeowners' preferred local tax rates, targeted tax-price reductions may shift the identity of the local median voter
and thus moderate how changes in demographics affect local public revenue.
The median voter
might be expected to vote for higher taxes on the wealthiest 1%, or even the wealthiest 25%, because this voter has absorbed the idea that she is unlikely to find herself in this group in the near future.