CFDP 1488

Modeling Party Competition in General Elections


Publication Date: October 2004

Pages: 37


We survey critically the brief history of modeling party competition in general elections, beginning with the Hotelling-Downs model with a unidimensional policy space, and the Wittman model with endogenous parties, to the multi-dimensional citizen-candidate and PUNE models. Some applications of the newer models are discussed.


Downs, Hotelling, Wittman, PUNE, Citizen-candidate

JEL Classification Codes:  D72

See CFP: 1192