Blais, André, Laslier, Jean-François, Poinas, François and Van Der Straeten, Karine (2015) Citizens’ preferences about voting rules: self-interest, ideology, and sincerity. Public Choice, vol. 164 (n° 3). pp. 423-442.

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Identification Number : 10.1007/s11127-015-0287-2


This paper studies the determinants of citizens’ preferences for different electoral systems. We use data collected through a large internet-based quasi-experiment carried out during the 2012 French presidential election where we invited subjects to cast a vote for real candidates according to four voting rules: two-round (the official system), one-round, the alternative vote, and approval voting. After voting with each of the four voting rules, subjects were also asked to report which system they liked the most. We find that voters prefer systems that are beneficial to the candidate they prefer, that their preference for the official two-round system (weakly) depends on how they actually vote under this system, and that right-wing voters are more supportive of voting rules under which one can vote for only one candidate (one-round and two-round).

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: August 2015
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electoral system Quasi-experiment Citizens’ preferences
JEL Classification: C9 - Design of Experiments
D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes - Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2022 09:42
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