Making statements and approval voting

I. GILBOA, E. Aragones, A. Weiss

Theory and Decision

octobre 2011, vol. 71, n°4, pp.461-472

Départements : Economie et Sciences de la décision, GREGHEC (CNRS)

We assume that people have a need to make statements, and construct a model in which this need is the sole determinant of voting behavior. In this model, an individual selects a ballot that makes as close a statement as possible to her ideal point, where abstaining from voting is a possible (null) statement. We show that in such a model, a political system that adopts approval voting may be expected to enjoy a significantly higher rate of participation in elections than a comparable system with plurality rule. Author Keywords Approval voting; Turnout