Incumbent Competition, Decision-Making, and Policy Choice

  • Anne Marie Go

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


In the first paper, two politicians decide whether to follow what they believe the public wants or choose the option that secures their private gain. The public only rewards a politician when a policy is implemented, or an action that coincides with the public decision is chosen. Politicians with good decision-making abilities, under sufficiently high policy rewards and moderate private benefit, take the action that generates a public benefit, implementing the popular policy. Politicians with very poor decision-making abilities, give sufficiently high policy rewards, choose to implement a policy regardless of what the public want. Only popular policies are passed for salient issues.
Date of Award19 Jun 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorNikolaos Kokonas (Supervisor) & Javier Rivas Ruiz (Supervisor)

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