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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Tuesday, December 5, 2023
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter B125
Politics Transformed? Electoral Competition under Ranked Choice Voting
Peter Buisseret, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University,

Abstract: We compare multi-candidate elections under plurality rule versus ranked choice voting (RCV). In our framework candidates choose whether to pursue a targeted campaign that focuses on a narrow segment of voters, or instead pursue a broad campaign that can appeal to the entire electorate. The possibility of winning second preferences under RCV can intensify candidates' incentives to pursue a targeted campaign at the expense of a broad electoral appeal. Our results challenge widely held contentions about the benefits of adopting RCV.

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