A model of cultural transmission, voting and political ideology

Alberto Bisin, Thierry Verdier

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    In this paper, we present a model of cultural transmission of preferences on goods, some of which are provided publicly through simple majority voting. We emphasize the existence of a two-way causality between socialization decisions and political outcomes. This generates the possibility of indeterminacies and multiple self-fulfilling equilibrium paths in cultural change and politics. We provide then a rationale for ideologies and collective socialization institutions as coordination mechanisms allowing cultural groups to preserve or shift political power in favor of their preference profile in the long run.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5-29
    Number of pages25
    JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2000


    • Cultural change
    • D72
    • H31
    • Preferences
    • Public goods
    • Voting
    • Z10

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Political Science and International Relations


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