When candidates and vote distribution matter: A new indicator of electoral competitiveness

Gherghina, S. and Tseng, H.-K. (2011) When candidates and vote distribution matter: A new indicator of electoral competitiveness. SSRN Electronic Journal, (doi:10.2139/ssrn.2028618)

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Abstract

The electoral competitiveness among candidates vying for single elected positions (e.g. president, members of parliament single member districts, or candidates for the party leadership) lacks an appropriate measurement. This paper reevaluates previous measurements and proposes a new indicator that accounts for the interaction between the number of candidates and the distribution of votes. The resulting indicator overcomes the oversensitivity problem associated with earlier specification and provides better competitiveness estimate for various electoral settings. Its applicability is universal and allows for cross-cases and longitudinal comparisons.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Tseng, H.-K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:SSRN Electronic Journal
ISSN:1556-5068
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Authors
First Published:First published in SSRN Electronic Journal 1 Oct. 2011

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