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When Candidates and Vote Distribution Matter: A New Indicator of Electoral Competitiveness (with Sergiu Gherghina)

December 31, 2011

When Candidates and Vote Distribution Matter: A New Indicator of Electoral Competitiveness
The electoral competitiveness among candidates vying for single elected positions (e.g. president, MPs in SMDs, or candidates for the party leadership) lacks an appropriate measurement. This paper reevaluates the recent ENC/N index proposed by Kenig (2009) and proposes a new indicator that accounts for the interaction between the number of candidates and the distribution of votes. The
resulting index overcomes the oversensitivity problem associated with Kenig’s original specification and provides better competitiveness estimate for various electoral settings

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