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Title A Model of Endogenous Party Membership and Platforms with Opportunistic Politicians
Author Kwang-ho Kim (Hanyang University)
Volume 34 Number 1
Pages 51-73 
Keywords Party Membership, Party Platform, Opportunistic Politicians
Abstract We model endogenous party membership choice and party platform formation when
party activists differ not only in their policy preference but also in the intensity with which
they pursue policy issues vis-a-vis the spoils from electoral victories. We provide existence
results for equilibria in which (i) party activists choose their party affiliation with correct
anticipation of the choices by others and (ii) the resulting party platforms are consistent with
the affiliation choice. This model offers an explanation for the overlaps in ideology between
political parties. It also provides insights into the internal composition of political parties
with different sizes.
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