Department of Economics, UCSC
Pressure Groups And Political Advertising: How Uninformed Voters Can Use Strategic Rules Of Thumb
- Author(s): Wittman, Donald
- et al.
This paper shows how uninformed but rational voters can respond intelligently to political advertising.
The paper models a situation where a candidate must rely on a pressure group for financing political advertising. The pressure group uses its power over the purse to influence the position chosen by the candidate. Nevertheless, when uninformed voters use a strategic rule of thumb, pressure-group contributions always move the outcome of the election closer to the median voter. By using such a rule of thumb, when there is advertising, uninformed voters can have the same influence on the election as informed voters.