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We examine the consequences of vote buying, assuming this practice were allowed and free of stigma. Two parties compete in a binary election and may purchase votes in a sequential bidding game via up-front binding payments and/or campaign promises (platforms) that are contingent upon the outcome of the election. We analyze the role of the parties'and voters'preferences in determining the winner and the payments to voters.doi:10.1086/587624 fatcat:c4pe5p6hvrg2niamfb3rcfip6i