Vote Buying: General Elections

Eddie Dekel, Matthew O. Jackson, Asher Wolinsky
2008 Journal of Political Economy  
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