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Elections, Parties, DemocracyConferring the Median Mandate$
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Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286728.001.0001

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Politics and Policy Regimes: Setting a Long‐Term Equilibrium

Politics and Policy Regimes: Setting a Long‐Term Equilibrium

(p.203) 12 Politics and Policy Regimes: Setting a Long‐Term Equilibrium
Elections, Parties, Democracy

Michael D. McDonald (Contributor Webpage)

Ian Budge (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter clinches the previous analysis by linking equilibria on both sides, (politics and policy) showing that they correspond closely. Broadly speaking, political preferences are transmitted from median voter to median parliamentary party, from that to government, and then to ministries in the sequence postulated by the median mandate. This implies that under the froth and change of politics, certain stable processes continue, and these are in conformity with a median mandate interpretation of democratic processes.

Keywords:   parties, policy regimes, expenditure equilibria, political equilibria, correlations, representational stages, median voter, MPP, government

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