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Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-304) and index.

Table of Contents

I. BASIC STRUCTURE OF THE MODEL.
 1. Introduction.

 2. Party Motivation and the Function of Government in Society.

 3. The Basic Logic of Voting.

 4. The Basic Logic of Government Decision-Making.

II. THE GENERAL EFFECTS OF UNCERTAINTY.

 5. The Meaning of Uncertainty.

 6. How Uncertainty Affects Government Decision-Making.

 7. The Development of Political Ideologies as Means of Getting Votes.

 8. The Statics and Dynamics of Party Ideologies

 9. Problems of Rationality Under Coalition Governments.

10. Government Vote-Maximizing and Individual Marginal Equilibrium.

III. SPECIFIC EFFECTS OF INFORMATION COSTS.

11. The Process of Becoming Informed.

12. How Rational Citizens Reduce Information Costs.

13. The Returns From Information and Their Diminution.

14. The Causes and Effects of Rational Abstention.

IV. DERIVATIVE IMPLICATIONS AND HYPOTHESIS.

15. A Comment on Economic Theories of Government Behavior.

16. Testable Prepositions Derived from the Theory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060417505
Author:
Steiner, Rudolf
Publisher:
Addison Wesley Longman
Author:
Downs, Anthony
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
Political Parties
Subject:
Public administration
Subject:
Voting
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
January 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 0.9 in 340 gr

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