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A non-strategic explanation of second preference voting. The case of Spain

Sánchez-Cuenca, Ignacio

Originalveröffentlichung: (2000) http://www.march.es/ceacs/publicaciones/working/archivos/2000_158.pdf
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BK - Klassifikation: 89.57
Sondersammelgebiete: 7.34 Spanien, Portugal
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Schriftenreihe: Estudios / Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales, Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones (1990-2008)
Bandnummer: 158
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2000
Publikationsdatum: 18.10.2008
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: In this paper I argue that the strategic explanation of voting for the second preference
is untenable. Voters cannot vote for the second preference to avoid wasting their votes
because a single vote cannot affect the final outcome. After reviewing the theoretical
inconsistencies and empirical shortcomings of the literature of strategic voting, I develop a
non-instrumental explanation based on a suggestion by Brennan and Lomasky (1993).
Second-preference voting is modeled in terms of loyalty to parties and responsibility (voters
may consider it irresponsible to vote for a marginal party). This alternative explanation,
unlike the strategic theory, accounts for the fact that some potential second-preference voters
vote for their first preference. I test the validity of both theories for the case of Spanish
general and European elections in the period 1986-2000.

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