Read my Lips (but only if I was elected)! Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Electoral Competition on Promises, Shirking and Trust
We experimentally test whether electoral competition reduces shirking behavior by office-
holders and increases citizens’ trust. Using a novel multi-person investment game with
voting, we indeed find that elected office-holders shirk less (i.e., they back-transfer more
to citizens relative to investments) than randomly appointed office-holders. Surpris-
ingly, this effect is not driven by electoral competition inflating office-holders’ promises.
Instead, elected office-holders feel more committed to their promises than their randomly
appointed counterparts. Elections initially also increase citizens’ trust because voters select
candidates with the “right” kind of promises: neither low nor non-credibly high. However,
over the course of the entire experiment, we find no evidence that electoral competition
increases citizens’ trust.
The publication is the latest in a series of papers devoted to the analytical work of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). The first section is devoted to the general methodological approaches of the Venice Commission in the field of electoral law and examines the fundamental principles of the electoral process in a democratic state. The main focus is on the most pressing issues (including in the light of modern challenges): participation in elections of national minorities, ensuring gender equality, and effective use of information technologies in the electoral process. The second section reveals the problems of referendums and highlights the legal positions of the Venice Commission regarding all stages of its holding. The third section is devoted to the issues of countering the abuse of administrative resources in electoral processes – a problem that is relevant both for "new democracies" and for states with a well-established political system. Attention is focused on the most practical recommendations of the Commission, which have already been successfully tested in the electoral systems of specific states. Finally, the fourth section contains analytical articles that reveal the general meaning and potential of the positions of the Venice Commission on electoral law in international legal, constitutional, comparative and other aspects.
The article is dedicated to analysis and comparison of arrangement and socio-political function of democratic and republican parties of the USA. The main stress is made on ideological vectors of both parties and also on the role of geographical position and interests of the USA population which influence forming of the political platforms of the parties. The main goal of the article is to demonstrate the growth of polarization of American society closely associated with the growth of parties' emphasis on target audience and differences in financial policy.
This work looks at a model of spatial election competition with two candidates who can spend effort in order to increase their popularity through advertisement. It is shown that under certain condition the political programs of the candidates will be different. The work derives the comparative statics of equilibrium policy platform and campaign spending with respect the distribution of voter policy preferences and the proportionality of the electoral system. In particular, it is whown that the equilibrium does not exist if the policy preferences are distributed over too narrow an interval.
Game-theoretic model of election to a corporate board of directors is proposed. It is shown that the equilibrium distribution of seats is unique. The uniqueness guarantees nonmanipulability of elections. The distribution is obtained by the d’Hondt method of seats distribution in proportional representation problem. The model is tested on real data from a Russian company.
The textbook is made in accordance with the requirements for the results of the development of the undergraduate program, approved by the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation of December 1, 2016 No. 1511 of the FSES HPE in the area of training 40.03.01 Jurisprudence, the level of training is undergraduate. Co-hosts an introductory lecture on “Electoral law and the electoral process in the Russian Federation”, a lecture course, as well as the necessary materials, including tables, charts for the development of the training course "Electoral law and the electoral process", annexes - documents. Addressed to undergraduate and graduate students, undergraduates, teachers, practitioners in order to improve their skills. The team of authors of the textbook Electoral law and the electoral process are laureates of the regional stage (Moscow) of the 2018 All-Russian contest for the best work on electoral law and electoral process, improving the legal and political culture of voters (referendum participants), organizing elections to state bodies authorities, local governments in the Russian Federation and participants in election campaigns
The collection publishes articles on topical issues of electoral law and process, examines issues of improving Russia's electoral legislation, participation of political parties in elections of deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly and the President of the Russian Federation, ensuring the alternativeness of public elections, consolidating state power and civil society in Russia, and right and others
In the article are : the social bases of power as a nation, the nation, the elite, the elemental forces of the political market. It is noted that the idealistic view on social grounds authorities do not correspond to modern realities. Long enough described expenses provisions on the management Board of the nation. It is proposed to consider the rationalist approach in the determination of the constitutions of the social bases of power. The examples of the constitutions of a number of foreign States, in which the provisions of popular sovereignty is not understood completely. Russia proposes changing approaches to understanding the essence of popular sovereignty and representative government.
We address the external effects on public sector efficiency measures acquired using Data Envelopment Analysis. We use the health care system in Russian regions in 2011 to evaluate modern approaches to accounting for external effects. We propose a promising method of correcting DEA efficiency measures. Despite the multiple advantages DEA offers, the usage of this approach carries with it a number of methodological difficulties. Accounting for multiple factors of efficiency calls for more complex methods, among which the most promising are DMU clustering and calculating local production possibility frontiers. Using regression models for estimate correction requires further study due to possible systematic errors during estimation. A mixture of data correction and DMU clustering together with multi-stage DEA seems most promising at the moment. Analyzing several stages of transforming society’s resources into social welfare will allow for picking out the weak points in a state agency’s work.