Median voters, political systems and public policies: An empirical test

George A. Boyne*

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This paper tests the median voter hypothesis that variations in policies across political systems are caused by variations in median voter preferences. The context of the empirical analysis is the tax policies of three groups of sub-national governments in England in three time periods. The results of a median voter model of tax policy variation are compared to the results of a mean voter model in different party systems and different electoral systems. The evidence provides little support for the median voter hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-219
Number of pages19
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1987


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