November 2011

Quarterly Journal of Political Science (QJPS) | November 15, 2011

A Regression Discontinuity Test of Strategic Voting and Duverger’s Law

AbstractThis paper uses exogenous variation in electoral rules to test the predictions of strategic voting models and the causal validity of Duverger's Law. Exploiting a regression discontinuity design in the…

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Quarterly Journal of Political Science (QJPS) | November 15, 2011

Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Sign the Convention Against Torture? Signaling, Domestic Politics and Non-Compliance

AbstractTraditional international relations theory holds that states will join only those international institutions with which they generally intend to comply. Here we show when this claim might not hold. We…

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Quarterly Journal of Political Science (QJPS) | November 15, 2011

Indirect Lobbying and Media Bias

AbstractThis paper provides a model of indirect lobbying where special interest groups try to influence policy outcomes by targeting voters. Specifically, competing lobbies engage in influence activities to affect the…

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Quarterly Journal of Political Science (QJPS) | November 15, 2011

The Political Consequences of Franchise Extension: Evidence from the Second Reform Act

AbstractWe use evidence from the Second Reform Act, introduced in the United Kingdom in 1867, to analyze the impact on electoral outcomes of extending the vote to the unskilled urban…

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