Working paper

A communication game on electoral platforms

Gabrielle Demange, and Karine Van Der Straeten


This paper proposes a game to study strategic communication on platforms by parties. Parties’ platforms have been chosen in a multidimensional policy space, but are imperfectly known by voters. Parties strategically decide the emphasis they put on the various issues, and thus the precision of the information they convey to voters on their position on each issue. The questions we address are the following: what are the equilibria of this communication game? How many issues will they address? Will parties talk about the same issues or not? Will they talk on issues that they "own" or not?

JEL codes

  • C70: General
  • D70: General

Replaced by

Gabrielle Demange, and Karine Van Der Straeten, Communicating on electoral platforms, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017, forthcoming.

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Published in

TSE Working Paper, n. 09-112, November 23, 2009