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Election Timing

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Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108317

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  • Most parliamentary systems have endogenous election timing, where the Prime Minister is free to call for elections when he or she thinks it's appropriate to do so. Despite the huge advantage one might expect this opportunity creates, Prime Ministers still lose frequently. Alastair Smith proposes an informational theory that relates the time when leaders call for elections to the consequences of their decisions. Smith demonstrates why leaders find it difficult to profit from their ability to call for elections, even when they are popular and face weak opposition.

    • First systematic test of when elections are called and the consequences of the timing decision
    • Offers an informational theory based on election data
    • Answers the question of how Prime Ministers know the time is right to call for new elections
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108317
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Calling elections
    2. An informational theory of election timing
    3. The timing of elections
    4. The consequences of election timing
    5. Early and late election in Britain
    6. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Alastair Smith, New York University

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