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New Labour at the CentreConstructing Political Space$
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Andrew Hindmoor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273146.001.0001

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The Centre, Downs, and New Labour

The Centre, Downs, and New Labour

(p.17) 2 The Centre, Downs, and New Labour
New Labour at the Centre

Andrew Hindmoor

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The median voter theorem states that political parties will move to the electoral centre to maximise their vote. This theorem has been routinely linked to Downs and An Economic Theory of Democracy. It is argued that Downs’ determination to develop a theory to predict party behaviour has led him to develop a spatial framework in a misleading way. It is further argued that the electoral centre can be on the political right, left, or centre.

Keywords:   median voter theorem, political parties, electoral centre

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