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Comments on Kenig’s ENC/N Index

March 22, 2011

Comments on Kenig’s ENC/N Index
In this occasional paper, I made some critiques on Kenig (2009) who argues that larger selectorates tend to produce less competitive intra-party contests. While I am in two minds over this argument (as I am not an expert on such issue), I find his ENC index problematic when it is applied in some hypothetical contexts. I surmise this is due to some minor remiss on attending the behavior of the marginal effects of an interaction term whose two components are evaluated at the opposite extreme. At the end of this paper, I offer a crude, non-rigorous altenative measure of ENC and I apply this index to the test on 6 empirical and hypothetical cases.

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