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For the Win! The Effect of Professional Sports Records on Mayoral Elections

Miller, Michael


Objective: Voters are more likely to reelect incumbents when political outcomes are positive. Although most scholars assume this is because voters explicitly credit politicians for good outcomes, this article investigates whether some voters simply opt for the status quo when they feel happy. Methods: To distinguish these two voting models, I propose professional sports records as a proxy for electorate happiness unrelated to political performance. I test the impact of sports performance on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Social Science Quarterly
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00898.x


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